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Response to EC dumping practices



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RALPH HUNT MEDIA

DEPUTY LEADER NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

RESPONSE TO EC DUMPING PRACTICES

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Shadow Primary Industry Minister, Mr Hunt, has warned that

Australia may have to take direct action against the EEC if it

continues to use restitution payments to corrupt Asian Pacific

Basin beef markets.

Mr Hunt said today that unless the European Commission was .

prepared to honour the undertakings to the Australian Prime

Minister, Mr Hawke, and respond to the concern of the Australian

Government, that a Ministerial delegation should return to

Brussels urgently to make it clear that Australia would

retaliate.

"Unless this practice by the EC ceases the Australian Government

will have to face up to taking very tough actions against the

entry of European goods into this country.

"The EC must be made to understand that it enjoys a trade balance

of 5:3 in its favour with Australia.

"There is no point in Australia making known its concern unless

we are prepared to take action against European imports as a

positive response to these deliberate violations of the

principles of GATT. -

"The Opposition supports the scrutinising of European export

activity in theĀ· Pacific Basin region and supports the advocacy of

cessation of this intense subsidisation of EC agricultural

produce.

"There is a bipartisan concern about the corruption ,of world

markets by the export policies of the EC.

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"Agriculture remains Australia's most important source of export

income, and the EC's actions are destabilising the long-term

prospects of our industries.

"These actions must not go unchallenged," Mr Hunt said.

CANBERRA 2 August 1985