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MEDIA RELEASEMinister for Primary Industries and EnergySimon Crean, MR

DPIE91/323C 16 Decem ber 1991

REVIEW OF MERINO EXPORT POLICY

A review of M erino export policy will comm ence im m ediately, the M inister for Prim ary Industries and Energy, Simon Crean, announced today.

The review w ould be conducted by his D epartm ent and be com pleted by 30 A pril next year.

The current arrangem ents for the control of exports of Merino ram s and M erino genetic m aterial w ere adopted in the light of recom m endations m ade by the M erino Export Review Committee in M ay 1987. That C om m ittee suggested then that the arrangem ents be review ed in 1992 to take into

consideration industry developm ents and advances in genetic technology.

M r Crean invited subm issions from interested industry groups and individuals saying there w ould not be any change to the existing policy on the export of M erinos and Merino genetic m aterial for the 1992 M erino ram

selling season.

Inquiries: M inister's office C atherine Payne (06) 277 7520

D epartm ent Peter Coggins (06) 272 5428

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY L I B R A R Y MICAH

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600. Telephone: (06)277 7520 Facsimile: (06)273 4120

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The terms of reference for the merino export review are to:

1(a) Examine and report on the effects on the Australian wool industry of the existing arrangements for the export of Merino rams.

(b) Recommend what changes, if any, should be made to existing arrangements in regard to the export of Merino rams.

2(a) Examine and report on the effects on the Australian wool industry of the present restrictions on the export of Merino ewes, semen, ova and other breeding material.

(b) Recommend what changes, if any, should apply to the present embargo on the export of Merino ewes, semen, ova and other breeding material.

3(a) Examine and report on the effects on the Australian wool industry of confining existing arrangements for the export of Merino rams, ewes, semen, ova and other breeding material to purebreed Merinos and purebreed Merino breeding material.

(b) Recommend what changes, if any, should apply to the present exclusion of breeds which have been derived from Merino stock, from existing export arrangements.