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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1456

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - Has the Minister for Primary Industry seen a statement by a producer member of the Australian Meat Board to the effect that next year graziers will face steep rises in sheep and cattle levies payable to the Australian Meat Board as a result of the halving of the Federal Government's export promotion subsidy? If this is correct, will the Minister agree that increased costs to the meat industry will not help to increase production which is necessary if we are to meet the demands of both the home market and the export market?

Senator WRIEDT - The Australian Government has decided to reduce the amount of money being used for meat promotion overseas- I understand that this is the matter to which the honourable senator is referring- by, from memory, approximately $ 1 50,000 or $200,000. 1 suggest that in the total overseas market, on which the value of Australian exports of meat this year will be in excess of $ 1,000m, this reduction could hardly be regarded as a significant impost on the industry. I would think also that should the industry decide to take up the leeway itself- it could well be in its own interests to do so- the average meat producer in Australia would not even remotely feel the effect of it.

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