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Joint statement by Prime Minister and Minister for Primary Industry



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P R IM E M IN ISTER

FOR MEDIA 1 APRIL 1985

JOINT STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY ,

The Prime Minister today met with the Queensland Premier and sugar industry leaders to discuss the current situation of the sugar industry.

Mr Hawke said he was pleased with the outcome .of the meeting. '

"I think we took today a major step towards securing the establishment of a viable sugar industry which is so important to the economy of Queensland and of Australia as a whole", Mr Hawke said.

Mr Hawke indicated that he had proposed to the Premier and industry leaders the following approach to addressing the problems of the industry:

. that a working party be established to develop a sugar industry plan in the next 100 days. The Prime Minister's proposal involved the following conditions:

(a) tripartite involvement (b) an agreed assessment of the market outlook for the industry (c) acceptance of the need for restructuring of the

industry

(d) joint administration of the plan.

The Prime Minister indicated that the Queensland Premier and industry leaders had agreed to the establishment of the working party on the conditions proposed. The Premier had suggested several additional requirements:

(1) that the sugar industry stay under State Government legislative control ,

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(2) that the Chairman of the working party be selected by Queensland

(3) that Commonwealth and State Ministers would jointly determine both the structure and membership of the working party.

The Prime Minister accepted these additional requirements.

"The working party has a difficult task ahead, but if it conducts its activities in a spirit of co-operation then I am confident of a very constructive outcome for the industry as a whole", Mr Hawke said.

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