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Friday, 13 November 1964

Senator HENTY (TASMANIA) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - The Minister for Trade and Industry has furnished the following answer -

I assume the honorable senator is asking why the Australian peanut industry is not protected against imports of peanuts produced in Papua-New Guinea. The protection at present afforded the local industry follows an inquiry in 1962 by the Tariff Board into the need for and the amount of assistance required by the local industry to meet import competition. Whilst the industry is protected against imports from countries other than Papua and New Guinea the Tariff Board found that the limited volume of imports from Papua and New Guinea relative to Australian production rendered protection unnecessary. As the honorable senator may know, the question of assistance for the local production of peanuts is again before the Tariff Board.

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