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Tuesday, 25 May 1993
Page: 1165


Senator BELL (11.24 a.m.) —In the 1991 annual report of the Australian Tobacco Marketing Advisory Committee, under the heading `Functions and Powers' it is stated:

  The Committee's power to formulate plans with respect to the export of tobacco leaf is not currently exercised because all leaf offered in Australia is sold on the domestic market.

With that in mind, I wonder what is the purpose of aiming for this world competitiveness. If part of this aim for world competitiveness has the result of making some farms unviable, what is the point? What is the point of becoming world competitive if we are selling all we make within Australia, we are not exporting, we do not look as if we are going to be exporting and, in that process, some of our farms have been driven to bankruptcy?