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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2055


Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. In view of the serious implication to the beef industry arising from the ban imposed on export of beef carcasses bearing signs in any part of tuberculosis infection having been suffered by the animal, can the Minister say whether consideration is being given to early implementation of a national compensation plan to give a degree of security to beef producers pending complete eradication of bovine tuberculosis?


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - As the honourable senator knows, some time ago there was an amendment to the United States meat inspection regulations, requiring that local meat and meat imported into the United States of America be free of bovine tuberculosis at post mortem inspection. This was of great concern to Australians associated with meat production, killing operations and meat export. Discussions took place between all interested parties and the Department of Primary Industry, and it was thought that the amendment would affect, in the main, cattle coming from the northern part of Australia. The producer organisations were very concerned and said that a national compensation plan should be introduced.


Senator Georges - Why do they not do something about the cattle?


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - That is so. The Minister for Primary Industry had discussions with the State authorities. Discussions are now proceeding between Commonwealth and State authorities on what they think that compensation payment should be and how it should be financed. Until we know the results of the examinations being carried out, I cannot give the honourable senator any further information.







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