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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1452


Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister for Primary Industry aware of the big increase in mushrooms imported into Australia since the recent 25 per cent reduction in tariffs? Is he also aware that these increased imports are placing the Australian mushroom industry in jeopardy? Has the Minister heard reports that one large Australian canning factory has stopped contracts with some Australian mushroom growers, contracts that should have continued until June 1 974? Will he inquire into these reports and also give consideration to the effect of the increased imports on the Australian mushroom industry which employs a great many people?


Senator WRIEDT -The Australian Mushroom Growers Association has advised me of its concern about the matters raised by Senator Young. It is a matter of Government policy that any firm which has been disadvantaged, or feels that it has been disadvantaged, by the 25 per cent tariff cut can make application to the Government for any relief measures which may be considered appropriate. The Association has been advised of the procedures that are necessary and, as far as I know, the present position is that the Association is preparing a submission for the Government's consideration.







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