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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2516

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   How many trade missions have been sent abroad by the Commonwealth Government over the past two years with a view to increasing Australia's exports of apples and pears and which countries were visited.

(2)   Are any future missions, with a similar aim, planned before 3 1st December 1973.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   No trade missions with the sole aim of increasing Australia's export of apples and pears have been sent overseas by the Commonwealth Government over the past two years. However, four delegations from the Australian Apple and Pear Board have visited, during that period, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America in connection with freight rates, shipping and marketing matters. The General Manager of the Board visited the United Kingdom in May 1970 to conduct a market survey, and the Board Chairman is presently visiting the United Kingdom and Europe with a delegation from the Overseas Trade Publicity Committee. Visits and delegations of the kind referred to above, would within the general charter given them, be alert for any opportunities to expand markets or to follow up opportunities to increase exports.

(2)   At this stage there are no missions planned before 31st December 1973.

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