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Thursday, 1 March 1984
Page: 255


Senator PETER RAE 6.00)-I well recall the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations looking into the proposals for the honey industry export charges. What we found as a result of the inquiry was that in fact the countries which used to require some certification for which an export inspection was made and a certificate issued no longer required such certificates. We were informed by the exporters that they did not need the certificates but that what was happening was that an inspection-which cost money -was being made and a charge made to recover some of that cost, all of which appeared unnecessary.

One finds a tendency on the part of the Department of Primary Industry to whisper: 'Oh, well, we will sneak it through another time, sometime when the senators are not watching we will be able to get through some of the things that got knocked back this time'. The matter concerns not just honey but a number of other products. All I say is that if ever I have the chance to be here I wish the Department of Primary Industry to know that I shall endeavour to keep a very good eye on what is proposed and to make sure that some of those that have been put back once will not be slipped through by other methods.

Question resolved in the affirmative.