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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 210

Senator WEBSTER asked the Minster representing the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Government aware of a current practice by nations within the European Economic Community trade bloc of paying 'frontier price adjustments' to the exporters of certain agricultural products; if so, is this practice contrary to every international trade agreement.

(2)   Did countries belonging to the European Economic Community institute this price adjustment to be paid to exporters of rural products to compensate them for the revaluation of their own currencies.

(3)   What action does the Government intend to take to off-set this situation and avoid Australian industries being eliminated from third countries where they have to compete with the European Economic Community countries.

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes, the Government is aware of the practice.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   The Government is in close touch with the Australian industries on this matter and is making every effort to ensure that Australian agricultural exports are not adversely affected in third markets through the application of EEC 'frontier price adjustments'. Formal representations have been made to the EEC Commission and to the Governments of the Individual member states. The matter has also been raised on a number of occasions in discussions with EEC Ministers and officials.

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