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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
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Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -BROCKMAN - On 12th April 1972 Senator Lawrie asked the following question without notice:

Can the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry inform the Senate why the Cannon Hill, Brisbane, abattoir has lost its licence to process meat for sale in the United States? How long is this suspension likely to last? I point out that the peak of the meat export season is approaching.

The Minister for Primary Industry has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The certification of the Cannon Hill abattoir to prepare meat for the United States market was withdrawn on 11th April 1972. This action was taken because of the failure of the establishment to conform with United States requirements on several counts, the details of which have been furnished to the Metropolitan Public Abattoir Board.

It is not possible to say for how long the suspension is likely to continue as the rectification of the deficiencies is a matter for the Board. However, the Board is anxious to have its establishment reinstated and it could be anticipated that the premises will be reviewed quickly as soon as the Board considers that the adjustments have been satisfactorily completed.

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