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Thursday, 22 August 1985
Page: 130

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia respectfully showeth:

That as a direct result of the adverse economic position in which members of the Sugar Industry find themselves, they request that a meeting be convened with representatives of the major sugar exporting countries of the world (Australia, Brazil, Cuba and the E.E.C.) to initiate meaningful negotiations to reach agreement on world sugar on policy and price.

Further, that both the State and Commonwealth Governments be requested to provide across the board assistance measures for Cane Growers by way of a guaranteed minimum average price as previously requested for Raw Sugar Production within Mill Peak in the 1985-86 Season.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should immediately seek to have urgent talks commenced at international levels to formulate a new Internation Sugar Agreement to be based on the existing production levels of the exporting countries adjusted by whatever percentage necessary to reduce the difference in World Sugar Stocks between supply and demand to within 25 per cent.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that further the direct assistance to Cane Growers should be on a per ton of cane basis so as to bridge the difference between the price of cane actually paid and the price which Cane Growers would receive at the Sugar Price of $240.00 per ton 94NT.

And further that unless financial assistance is provided in the short term the long term viability of many efficient producers will be sacrificed. If this happens the very fabric of communities along the north-eastern coast will be destroyed.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.