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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 984


Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   What has been the contribution, on an annual basis, for the last 4 years to Australian meat exports by the Riverstone Meat Co. Pty Ltd.

(2)   On how many occasions has the Company been banned from exporting meat and on what grounds and by whom.

(3)   Has a ban been placed currently on the export of meat by the Company; if so, what action has been taken to have the ban lifted.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN-The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   It is not the policy of the Government to release statistical information on the business affairs of individual companies.

(2)   Riverstone Meat Co. Pty Ltd operates 2 abattoirs located at Tenterfield and Riverstone and 2 storage premises in Sydney all of which are currently registered as export establishments under the Exports (Meat) Regulations.

The only ban which has been placed on the export of meat by the Company in the past 4 years has been the withdrawal of authorisation for the premises at Riverstone to export to the United States of America. The ban took effect from 13th May 1970 and is still in force. Exports of meat from the Riverstone premises to other overseas destinations were not affected. The withdrawal of authorisation to export meat to the

United States of America was made by the Department of Primary Industry at the request of the United Slates authorities. The principal grounds were multiple and extensive structural and facility deficiencies related to obsolescence.

(3)   As indicated in (2), the Company's Riverstone premises are not authorised at present to prepare meat for export to the United States of America. No other bans have been placed on the export of meat by the Company. The authorisation for the premises to prepare meat for export to the United States of America cannot be renewed until they are brought into full compliance with the requirements of that country. This is a matter for the Company. However, my Department understands that a new abattoir which is in an advanced stage of construction is intended to replace the existing establishment at Riverstone.







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