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Thursday, 17 April 1980
Page: 1572


Senator SCOTT (New South WalesMinister for Special Trade Representations) - I refer firstly to the remarks made by Senator McLaren. I am glad that he has my reply to his earlier question. I have noted the areas on which he seeks further information, namely the name of the company and the actual fine that was imposed as a result of the Australian Federal Police investigation. I shall endeavour to provide answers to the further questions he has asked. I noted also his reference to the export of live horses. Along with the Government, I certainly share Senator McLaren's concern about the conditions under which live horses and any livestock are transported.

I am aware, however, and I am sure that Senator McLaren is aware that the Department of Primary Industry is at this very moment undertaking an in-depth inquiry into the circumstances in which livestock- in this case, live horses- are transported, the facilities in which they are moved, their physical condition and their feedstuff. If it is found that some form of legislation is necessary to tighten up the circumstances most certainly that course will be pursued. I shall refer these matters to the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Nixon) and attempt to get a still fuller reply on the matters that Senator

McLaren has raised. I certainly have an understanding of livestock and horses. Whilst I would be happy to agree with Senator McLaren that horses sleep in virtually any circumstance and any position, they certainly sleep when they are standing.

The other matter to which I respond relates to Senator Walsh 's reference to Asia Dairy Industries (Hong Kong) Ltd which is now to be allowed to expand its operation. It is a large subsidiary of the Australian Dairy Corporation. It has more than $ 17m of investment. Its source of dairy products in Australia has somewhat dried up. It is now to be allowed to use dairy products of other origin and to move into food processing areas to enable it to diversify and gather strength in an area in which, as I understand it, it is regarded as a very useful contributor in the manufacturing and commercial world. The company operates in four countries of South East Asia. It appears to have made a considerable contribution to those countries. I shall make further inquiries about the matters raised in the question that was asked in the other place this morning and be in contact with Senator Walsh on those matters.







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