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Tuesday, 5 July 1949


Mr Francis s asked the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice - 1.Has the Government decided to send an Australian delegation to the United Kingdom to discuss with British authorities details of the fifteenyears' meat agreement between the two countries; if so, who are the members of this delegation?

2.   Are they vested with full power to act for Australia in Britain?

3.   What price will Australia seek from Britain for local meat to be exported as a result of the Northern Territory beef development scheme?

4.   How does this price compare with the price which Britain has to pay for meat from Argentina?

5.   What other aspects will the Australian delegation discuss with British authorities?


Mr Pollard - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : - 1, 2, 3 and 4. A decision has not yet been made regarding the detailed arrangements for the conduct of the discussions or the prices on which the negotiations for a long-term meat agreement will be based.

5.   It is intended that plans for the future development of the meat industry in Australia will be discussed in the course of the negotiations.







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