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Wednesday, 24 March 1965

Senator MCKELLAR - The honorable senator was good enough to advise me of his intention to ask this question and l was able to obtain the following information for him from the Minister for Primary Industry: The Commonwealth Government welcomes the sugar industry's achievement in selling a total of 550,000 tons of sugar to Japan for shipment in 1965-66. The industry has played an outstanding role in securing the export outlets necessary to underwrite the industry's expansion of production from 1.3 million tons, actual, in the 1961 season to the 2.2 million tons expected in the 1965 season, which will commence about the end of May. The industry has built up a very big demand in Japan by the quality of its sugar, fair dealing and reliability as a supplier. Japanese refiners have steadily increased their imports of Australian sugar from 80,000 tons in 1954-55, when they began to import from us. In May 1963, a contract was negotiated between Japanese interests and the Australian industry for the supply of at least between 350,000 and 450,000 tons of our sugar annually between July 1964 and June 1967. The contract has since been extended until June 1968 and now the Japanese have paid a further tribute to the Australian industry by purchasing, at a time of very keen international competition, 100,000 tons more sugar than the annual maximum envisaged in the contract.

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