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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1405

Sir CHARLES ADERMANN (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister for Trade and Industry. Is it true that the United States of America is at present reviewing its legislation affecting sugar imports? ls the Minister able to inform the House of the present situation regarding any new legislation and how this might affect Australia's exports to that market?

Mr ANTHONY - It is true that the appropriate committees of both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States Congress are reviewing the importation into America of certain commodities, one of which is sugar. There is some difference between the recommendations of those 2 committees. I am told that there is to be a joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives committees to finalise the matter. However, there is consistency between the reports of the 2 committees as far as Australia's position is concerned, and that is to maintain the existing level of about 200,000 tons of sugar to that market. Naturally we hope that this is where the eventual decision will lie. The American market is a very important market of the Australian sugar industry. We sell approximately 20 per cent of our total exports of sugar to that market

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