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Thursday, 6 March 1980
Page: 618

Senator THOMAS - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. A meeting was held recently of a large representative group of Australian stud cattle breeders for the express purpose of discussing what they regard as a serious lack of representation when decisions are made on such matters as the introduction of new breeds, quarantine regulations, conditions for exporting breeding stock and livestock improvement programs. Will the Minister bring this matter to the attention of the Government with a view to considering the views of this group?

Senator SCOTT - The Government is in constant communication with producer organisations, and so it should be. I am interested in Senator Thomas's question about Australian stud cattle breeders and their concern over such important matters as the introduction of new breeds and various quarantine and export regulations. If in their opinion these matters are not being sufficiently well promoted and understood in Government circles, I shall be happy to bring to the attention of the Minister for Primary Industry and the Government the matters which Senator Thomas has raised relating to the Australian Stud Cattle Breeders Association.

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