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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2239

Mr HALLETT (CANNING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - 1 address a question to the Minister for Trade and Industry. 1 believe that a contract was signed with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for the supply of a substantial quantity of meat from Australia in 1971. Will the Minister inform the House of the latest position regarding the fulfilment of this contract?

Mr ANTHONY - The Australian Meat Board did sign a contract on behalf of exporters with the Russian importing authority for 58,000 tons of meat this year. That contract was fulfilled in August. The contract consisted of about 33,000 tons of mutton carcasses and the balance in beef quarters. It was worth about $30m altogether. It was the second contract that the Meat Board was able to negotiate with the Soviet Union. Last year the contract was for the supply of a total of about 33,000 tons of meat. As a result of these contracts Russia has grown into a very important market for Australian meat. It is now our second largest market for mutton and our fourth largest market for total meat exports. It is hopeful that we can continue this trade and that there will be another contract for 1972.

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