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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1864


Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) -I ask the Minister for Agriculture whether he can confirm reports that the European Economic Community has extended its meat import ban beyond November this year for an indefinite period? If the reports are true, what action is Australia taking on this matter?


Senator WRIEDT - It is true that the European Economic Community has extended the ban on the import of Australian beef into that economic group. At this stage there is not a great deal we can do. The EEC, as a member of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, will be required, I think later this week, to appear before the properly constituted authorities of the GATT machinery to explain why it has taken the action which it has, in exactly the same way as Japan was required to do this week. The whole purpose of GATT is to ensure that these actions are not taken in the manner that they have been taken by Japan and the EEC. In relation to the EEC, we will need to await the outcome of the discussions that will take place among GATT countries.







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