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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2958

Senator LAUCKE (South Australia) - Are this Bill and the Live-Stock Slaughter Levy Collection Bill 1974 to be debated cognately?

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Georges)- Is it agreed that these Bills be taken cognately?

Senator Wriedt - The Government agrees to the suggestion.


There being no objection, it is so ordered.

Senator LAUCKE - The Opposition supports these Bills. Briefly they extend in the first instance the operation of the livestock slaughter levy for a further period of 2lA years from 1 January 1975 to 30 June 1977. The levy on slaughtering has been in operation since January 1969. It has the support of the meat producing industry, the processors and the retailers. The proceeds of the levy are channelled to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for research in connection with the processing of beef, mutton and lamb. The Service and Investigation Section of CSIRO has applied the funds in assisting to promote efficiency and improvement in the operations of meat works over a wide range of activities such as quality control, sanitation, hygiene, preservation, and the processing, storage and packaging of meat. Such services are most necessary to meet the stringent demand on both the local and overseas meat trades. Meat works standards generally have risen admirably over recent years in Australia and form the background for the ability of our meat industry to keep abreast of modern hygiene and quality control requirements.

I pay tribute to the magnificent contribution by CSIRO to the well-being of the nation in many areas of basic and vital research. In this immediate matter of meat works the work done has been of real significance. As I have said the levy has the support of the meat industry, processors and retailers. I have no desire to take the time of the Senate by speaking at any length. I express complete accord with the proposal in respect of the levy. The Live-Stock Slaughter Levy Collection Bill, which is supplementary to the levy Bill, amends the Live-Stock Slaughter Levy Collection Act 1964-1973 and it adopts the metric weights converting the avoirdupois lb to the kilogram in the dressed weights of cattle and sheep specified in the Bill. Another minor amendment is that which takes note of and incorporates the new name Australian Department of Agriculture which in the past has been the Department of Primary Industry. The Opposition supports these Bills.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without requests or debate.

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