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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2565

Senator WEBSTER (Victoria) -The Attorney-General (Senator Murphy) wishes to get this Bill through quickly. He could assist by answering a question which I attempted to ask by way of interjection. He may not have heard it. Why did the Government decide to exclude live meat and include carcass meat? I would ask the Minister to comment on the fact, which I raised, that this industry had been given a promise by the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) and by the Minister for Overseas Trade (Dr J. F. Cairns), that the incentive scheme would be continued until 30 June 1974. Does the Attorney-General consider that the Prime Minister and the Minister for Overseas Trade were forced, for some reason or other, to break that promise? They have broken their assurances to the industry on this matter. Does the Attorney-General consider that there was wisdom in the Government acting in such a way? Should not the industry be able to rely on the words of the Prime Minister and of Dr J. F. Cairns?

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