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Thursday, 31 October 1974
Page: 2184

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question to the Minister for Agriculture refers to the serious situation in the beef industry and the Minister's own statement on an Australian Broadcasting Commission program early this morning. Did the Minister indicate in that statement that the matter of carry-on finance was being considered by the Government? Can he give the Senate any further information on when such a step might be implemented?

Senator WRIEDT - I am not aware of the precise broadcast to which Senator Davidson is referring. I make quite a lot of these tapes and I am afraid I am not quite sure which one this is. I have asked my Department, in conjunction with Treasury, to formulate proposals which may be necessary to assist the beef industry in the immediate months ahead. I am specifically seeking alternative methods which could be used to relieve the position of those producers who are entirely dependent on beef production, especially in the northern part of Australia where they have a sole dependence on beef production and have been hit heavily by the decline in the export market to the United States of America. I hope to have whatever proposals the departments have been able to draw up before me before the end of the year so that in the event of assistance being required for those producers we will be able to implement the necessary plans.

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