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Thursday, 17 April 1980
Page: 1576

Senator Colston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 25 March 1980:

(   1 ) How much (a) woodchip; and (b) woodpulp, has been exported from Australia during each of the last 10 years.

(2)   What are the projected exports of (a) woodchip; and (b) wood pulp, for each of the next five years.

Senator Scott - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) Exports of woodchips and wood pulp during the period 1970-71 to 1979 were:



(2)   (a) The level of woodchip exports are determined both by market, availability of resource and facilities to process and load the chips. Taking account of these factors my Department believes that exports in 1980 should be about 4.5 million tonnes. If the market continues to be buoyant and new facilities are installed my Department would expect exports should rise to about 5 million tonnes by 1 985.

(b)   The basis on which to make projections of future exports of wood pulp is less firm than for woodchips.

Although some increases in pulp exports from the very low basis of recent years are expected, the time taken to establish new pulping facilities will preclude any substantial increase over the next year or so. If all present plans are implemented my Department believes that pulp exports could rise to 100,000 tonnes by 1 985. It is believed that the export of market pulp by Australian based companies will become an important industry in the latter half of the 1 980s.

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