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Thursday, 29 March 1984
Page: 851

Senator WALSH (Minister for Resources and Energy)(10.50) —I have just been told by the departmental officers that there is some information relevant to the question that Senator Jessop raised. I seek leave to incorporate the information in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The document read as follows-

Pre-Sale Dumping I can ensure honourable senators that the Minister for Primary Industry is well aware that high density pre-sale dumping in tri-packs is a matter of some concern to some buyers, particularly local processors. But it should be remembered that local processors take less than 10 per cent.

I should remind honourable senators that pre-sale dumping in Brisbane has received qualified support from the Wool Council of Australia and the United Graziers Association of Queensland.

The Minister has discussed this issue and other issues at a meeting this morning with the Chairman of the Australian Wool Corporation, Mr Asimus, and received an assurance that there would be full consultations with all relevant sections of the industry before any decision is made by the Corporation on the question of any extension of reserve price support for pre-sale dumped wool in Brisbane beyond the 1983-84 season.

At the same time the Corporation's policy is that reserve price support will not be extended for pre-sale dumped wool in tri-pack form beyond Brisbane until a full evaluation has been undertaken.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.