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Wednesday, 24 October 1973

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Overseas Trade. My information is that directives on the packaging of abalone for export have caused the hold-up of $250,000 worth of that product in Tasmania and that if these regulations requiring drainage of the product are allowed to continue the probable effect will be to reduce the output value of the industry by 10 per cent. In view of the immediate damage being caused to the industry, will the Minister look into the matter- I believe that the difficulty stems from a contradiction in the directives to the industry- to enable export of that product to proceed? The Minister will know that the livelihood of about 120 abalone divers in Tasmania depends upon the free flow of this product.

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