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Cattle transaction levy to be reduced



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DPIE 91/258C 17 October, 1991

CATTLE TRANSACTION LEVY TO BE REDUCED

The M inister for Primary Industries and Energy, Simon Crean, today announced th a t the Cattle Transaction Levy will be reduced by 20 per cent, from $6.25 to $5, from 1 January and will save the cattle industry $12.5 million a year.

Mr Crean said this initiative goes some way towards meeting the concerns with the Cattle Transaction Levy system raised by cattle producers and traders.

The levy raises funds for m eat marketing, research and anim al disease control.

"The change will definitely be in place by 1 January 1992 or earlier, if that's a t all possible," he said.

The levy is charged at the same rate each time an animal is sold regardless of its value. Producers of store cattle, th a t are traded several times during their lives, and cattle traders think they are bearing a disproportionate share of the levy.

"I have asked the Cattle Council and the Australian M eat and Livestock Industry Policy Council to review the operation of the transaction levy," Mr Crean said.

"They will report to me before the end of the year so agreed changes to the levy can be put in place by the middle of next year.

"The levy system was developed by the industry to replace the old slaughter levy and they have shown a willingness to ensure th a t it is working efficiently and equitably."

The reduced levy is the result of a reduction in the BTEC (Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign) component from $2.10 to 85 cents.

"The BTEC program has been a significant success. A ustralia was declared free of brucellosis in 1989 and we are now working towards impending free status on tuberculosis by the end of 1992. BTEC will enter a monitoring phase in 1993 with the aim of achieving freedom from both diseases by 1997," he said.

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"Peak spending on the program has passed and industry, State and Commonwealth contributions will now be reduced significantly.

"This dem onstrates th a t the Federal Government is prepared to listen to genuine concerns and come forward with constructive solutions. I believe it is good news for beef producers," Mr Crean said.

Information: Catherine Payne, Minister's office (06) 277 7520.