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PRESS RELEASE ! β Ϋ MINISTERS FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY ' AND BUSINESS AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND - - QUEENSLAND MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES 1 May 1979

SUGAR INDUSTRY INQUIRY REPORT

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Ian Sinclair, the

Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, Mr Wal Fife f and the

Queensland Minister for Primary Industries, Mr V.B. Sullivan,

announced today that the two Governments had decided that the

maximum price of IXD (manufacturing)grade refined sugar sold in

Australia should be increased by $80 per tonne. The Ministers

noted that the recommendation in the Sugar Industry Inquiry Report

proposed an increase of the same amount. The Chairman of the

Inquiry expressed the view that the increase should be $77 per

tonne.

2. The increase will apply on and from 2 May. The maximum

price of 1A ( grocery ) grade will then be $379.49 per tonne and

the maximum price of IXD ( manufacturing ) grade $370.00 per tonne.

The maximum prices of other sugar products will be set according to

respective proportionate values. It has also been agreed that no

further increase will be granted until at least 1 July 1980.

3. The Ministers commented that the report o f .the Inquiry

had been publicly released early in April and the Governments had

invited submissions on it from organisations and persons wishing

to comment. A number of submissions had been received from the

sugar industry and from consumer and manufacturing user

organisations, among others. All these representations had been

fully taken into account when the Governments' decisions were

being formulated.

4. The Ministers added that no decision had as yet been

taken on the other recommendations in the report. These relate to

a new Sugar Agreement to be negotiated between the two Governments

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to succeed the Sugar Agreement 1975 which is due to expire on

30 June next.

5. The Minister for Primary Industry has been authorised

to negotiate with the Queensland Minister for Primary Industries

on the terms of a continuation Sugar Agreement to be effective

from 1 July 1979. The Governments will consider the other

recommendations in the Report in the light of those negotiations,

and of representations on those issues from interested parties.