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Prices justification tribunal inquiry into beef marketing and processing



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PRIMARY MEDM CANBERRA

28 June 1978

STATEMENT BY 1

THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY THE RT. HON. IAN SINCLAIR M.P.

PJT INQUIRY INTO BBBF MAKKUTING AND PROCESSING

The Ministers for Business and Consumer Affairs,

and Primary Industry today announced the terms of reference

for an examination which the Prices Justification Tribunal·

has been asked to conduct in relation to charges and margins

for bee£ marketing and processing. The terms of reference

are that the PJT.

(a) examine the charges and margins applying to

beef marketing and processing including livestock

selling companies, abattoir and other processing

, operators, wholesalers and retailers; and

(b) report on

■ (i) the basis on which the various marketing

and processing charges and margins are

established, having regard to the costs of

resources required to process and market

. cattle and beef and to the returns from -

exports of beef;

(ii) the significance of these charges and margins

in the determination of retail prices for

beef within Australia;

(iii) any other matters which, in the light of its

examination, the Tribunal finds to be relevant

to the relationship between prices for slaughter

cattle and export and domestic retail prices

for beef.

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The Ministers said that this examination by the PJT

will not be a public inquiry under Section 17 of the Prices

Justification Act which applies only to companies. It is

intended to be a wide ranging examination of charges and

margins throughout the industry and will take in enterprises,

for example, state and municipal abattoirs, which are not

subject to PJT jurisdiction. The Ministers said that all . · . · /

State Premier? have indicated their agreement in principle

to participation by state and municipal authorities in this

examination.

Opportunity will be given to all interested

parties to make submissions to the PJT on matter^relevant

to its examination. The Tribunal's report will be made

public by the Government.

The Ministers noted that, should it be felt

necessary to do so, a separate enquiry which would be

public, could be instituted into any company subject to

the jurisdiction of the PJT.