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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - The following answer to the honorable senator's question has been provided by the Prime Minister -

The Commonwealth Government has been concerned about the enactment of laws by some State legislatures in the United States discriminating against the sale of imported meat. Generally speaking, these laws require the distinctive labelling of imported meat and meat products with the apparent object of restricting sales of these commodities. The Government has made formal representations to the United States Administration over the past twelve months about the spread of such State legislation, and the matter was raised again by the permanent heads of the Departments of Trade and Industry and Primary Industry in Washington last month. Support has also been afforded to the American Meat Importers' Council in its efforts to have the State legislation set aside. These efforts were successful in the States of Alabama, California and Indiana.

Following Australia's representations, the United States Government is endeavouring to counter the restrictive State measures, which it agrees are contrary to the international obligations of the United Stales. The Government will continue to watch developments closely and take such further action as may appear appropriate.

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