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Thursday, 11 November 1976
Page: 2670

Mr Lloyd (MURRAY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) Was a payment of $760 made to the Karolinska Institute in Sweden early in 1975, reference OA 1-122 of the Gazette, for the testing of Calaid hearing aids, and of $ 1 400 to the University of Maryland, reference OA1-123, for the measurement of Calaid hearing aids.

(2)   If so, what were the terms of the reference or instructions or criteria to these bodies from the National Acoustic Laboratories for the testing and measuring.

(3)   Have the reports been received from these bodies.

(4)   As public money is involved, and there is the important principle of accountability to Parliament of Government organisations such as the National Acoustic Laboratories, will copies of these reports be tabled or otherwise made available to Parliament.

Mr Hunt (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Health) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) No.- $A928 was paid to the Karolinska Institute in Sweden in June 1975 and $A780 paid to the University of Maryland in September 1975. An amount of $A65 was paid to LEP Transport for freight and forwarding charges associated with the consignment from the University of Maryland.

(2)   Evaluate Calaid hearing aids using techniques normally applied by the organisations concerned and provide comment on their characteristics.

(3)   Technical results of tests and some comment have been received. Further reports are expected in some months.

(4)   The reports will become available progressively over an extended period and they are technically complex. I do not consider them suitable for tabling. However, I will make them available to any honourable member who may wish to peruse them.

Anti-dumping Applications from Agricultural and Horticultural Industries (Question No. 1323)

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Business and

Consumer Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What is the present position of anti-dumping applications against New Zealand by the processed cheese, gouda cheese and pie apple industries.

(2)   What other anti-dumping applications or actions are presently before his Department from agricultural or horticultural industries against industries in New Zealand or any other country.

Mr Howard - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The Bureau of Customs is currently conducting investigations in New Zealand to establish if dumping of processed cheese and pie apple is taking place. If dumping is in fact taking place and if current local inquiries reveal that the dumping is causing material injury to the Australian industry then negotiations will take place with the New Zealand Government in accordance with Article 10 of the New Zealand Australia Free Trade Agreement with a view to correcting the situation. A formal request has just been received by the Bureau of Customs for anti-dumping action to be taken against Gouda cheese, and the matter is currently being investigated.

(2)   No other anti-dumping applications have been received from the agricultural or horticultural industries concerning dumping from New Zealand or any other country.

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