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Media Release

Tim Fischer, MP

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade


24 June 1999


US Democrat supports Aussie lamb campaign


The Australian lamb industry has received welcome support from an unlikely quarter in Washington DC overnight, as they a wait a final decision from President Clinton on whether the US will impose trade restrictions on Australia’s $100 million lamb exports.


Addressing the US House Committee on Agriculture, Democrat Congressman Dooley from California said it was wrong for the United States to be challenging ‘our friends and allies, Australia and New Zealand’ on the lamb issue.


US Trade Representative, Charlene Barshefsky told the Committee that the International Trade Commission (ITC) had not been unanimous in its remedy recommendations and that the Administration was looking at a variety of remedy options including those recommended by the ITC as well as some additional ones.


Further, Ms Barshefsky said the delay in the decision was due to the need for the Administration to weigh up the least trade distortive measure to achieve the most benefits to the industry.


In response, Congressman Dooley said that this would do nothing to increase US consumption of lamb.


Mr Fischer welcomed these latest interventions by Congressman Dooley in Washington, which preceded a meeting by in Canberra today with Deputy US Trade Representative, Richard Fisher who is currently visiting Australia.


“I told Mr Fisher again today that we remain opposed to any barriers being applied to Australia’s legitimate and unsubsidised lamb exports to the United States,” Mr Fischer said.



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