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A p ril 26, 1973.

P r e s s s ta te m e n t by th e H on. M alcolm F r a s e r , M . P . ,

L ib e r a l P a r ty sp o k e sm a n on p r im a r y in d u s try .

T he F e d e ra l L ib e ra l P a r ty sp o k e sm a n on a g ric u ltu r a l and

r u r a l m a tte r s , M r. M alcolm F r a s e r , to d ay a c c u se d th e M in is te r fo r

P r i m a r y In d u stry , S e n a to r W rie d t, of th ro w in g aw ay a ll of A u s tr a lia 's

a g r ic u ltu r a l e x p o rt n e g o tiatin g s tre n g th w ith th e E u ro p e a n E co n o m ic

C o m m u n ity .

' ’S e n a to r W rie d t’s s ta te m e n ts d u rin g h is v is it to P a r i s h ad

c a u s e d s e r io u s h a r m f o r A u s tra lia n e x p o rte r s , " M r. F r a s e r s a id in

A d e laid e to d a y .

11 T he M in is te r ’s in e p t han d lin g of h is p o rtfo lio r e s p o n s ib ilitie s

and in p a r tic u la r h is P a ris , s ta te m e n ts on A u s trlia n p r im a r y p ro d u c tio n

h a d le f t u s w ith v ir tu a lly no ch ance of g e ttin g a c c e s s to E u ro p e f o r

a g r ic u ltu r a l goods now excluded, " h e s a id .

S e n a to r W rie d t outlined th e philosophy beh in d th e G o v e rn m e n t’s

tough new p r im a r y in d u s try p o lic ie s a t a m ee tin g in P a r i s of A g ric u ltu re

M in is te rs fro m m e m b e r c o u n trie s of th e O rg a n isa tio n f o r E co n o m ic ____

C o -o p e ra tio n and D ev elo p m en t.

M r. F r a s e r s a id S e n a to r W rie d t w as tr e a tin g A u s tra lia n e x p o rt

p ro d u c e rs w ith c o n te m p t. "D e cisio n a fte r d e c isio n is b e in g m ade w ithout

p r o p e r c o n su lta tio n and w ithout se ek in g th e view s of e ith e r th e e x p o rtin g

in d u s tr ie s o r p r im a r y p ro d u c e rs , " he s a id .

"T he M in is te r 's a c tio n s typify th e c o n te m p t f o r p r im a r y

p ro d u c tio n show n f ir s tly by the P rim e M in is te r in d o w n -g ra d in g th e

m in is te r ia l portfolicr'by p lacin g it in th e S e n a te . S e n a to r W rie d t h a s

now d o w n -g ra d ed the S enate and p r im a r y p ro d u c e rs by m ak in g h is m o st

im p o rta n t sta te m e n t a s a M in iste r w hile out of the c o u n try .

"T he sig n ific a n c e of th e s ta te m e n t in w hich th e M in is te r

an n o u n ce d a new p olicy fo r w heat s ta b ilis a tio n in A u s tra lia h a s b e e n

quickly noted by w heat g r o w e r s .

. " T h e ir s ta b ilis a tio n sc h e m e and the su p p o rt i s now v e ry m uch

u n d e r th r e a t. In fa c t th e M in is te r h a s m ade i t quite c le a r th a t b oth h e

and th e P r im e M in is te r w ill look w ith a jau n d ice d eye a t a ll s u p p o rt

s c h e m e s fo r p r im a r y in d u s try .

"H ow ever, th e .re a l h a rm done b y S e n a to r W rie d t d u rin g h is

v is it to P a r i s is to a ll A u s tra lia n e x p o r te r s .

" T h e re is a c le a r im p lic a tio n in h is sp e e c h th a t p a s t p o lic ie s

h a v e p ro p p ed and expanded p r im a r y in d u s trie s th a t he r e g a r d s a s

in e ffic ie n t. H e h a s m ade i t p la in h e w ants to re m o v e th is a s s is ta n c e

' ■ ■ · . ' ' . ?

and re d u c e p ro d u ctio n .

"A s a r e s u l t, when A u s tr a lia w ants to a rg u e a g a in s t th e u n fa ir

a g ric u ltu ra l p o lic ie s of th e E u ro p e a n E co n o m ic C o m m u n ity , th e E E C .

c a n r e p ly sim p ly by quoting b a c k S e n a to r W rie d t’s own sp e e c h and ~.

a sk in g why th e y sh o u ld re lie v e A u s tr a lia of p ro d u c e fro m T a rm s -w h ic h

th e M in is te r h im s e lf h ad im p lie d a r e in e ffic ie n t. ...... .

"U n d er th e s e c irc u m s ta n c e s we w ill h av e-virtuaH y-rto-chance

of g e ttin g a c c e s s to E u ro p e fo r a g ric u ltu r a l goods p r e s e n tly ex clu d ed .

* . , . . . 2 .

"in ad d itio n to th is we w ill find o th e r e x p o rt m a r k e ts e ro d e d

b y th e n o to rio u s E E C p ra c tic e jo f-g ro s s ly .s u b s id is in g e x p o rts su c h a s we

saw in th e re c e n t, s a i e 'o f 200, 000 to n s of E E C b u tte r to R u s s ia ra t 14 c e n ts

p er“Ib*."wIierrWe~EE‘C ^ o u sew ife" p a y s" '7 7 ^ cen ts. - ........™ / .. ■ ■ · .·· . ' ·...

. "T h e sim p le tru th of the m a tte r is th a t in ste a d of a rg u in g

A u s tr a lia ’s c a s e b e fo re th e E E C h e th re w aw ay e v e ry n e g o tia tin g c a r d

we h e ld " , M r, F r a s e r s a id . . . \

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