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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
Page: 1674

Senator SCOTT (New South WalesMinister for Special Trade Representations) - I shall be very brief. I thank the Opposition for its support of the Pig Meat Promotion

Amendment Bill 1980. Not only does this legislation have the support of the Opposition but also the amendments themselves are the result of requests to the Government by the Australian Commercial Pig Producers Federation. The amendments convert what was formerly an advisory committee into the Pig Meat Promotion Committee, which will have considerably greater powers than the original committee. It has been mentioned already that this body finances itself; it is not dependent on the Government and consequently it should have the sort of powers that it will have from this point. It is a small committee of only four members- two producers, one from the Department of Primary Industry and a marketing expert. From this point a producer member will be the Chairman of the Committee.

The Committee is to be a corporate body, as the Opposition has indicated. It has the power to employ its own staff and to enter into contracts referable to promotion. It is worth saying that promotion in this industry, and across the whole range of primary industries, has become recognised for what it is worth. It is worth an immense amount. The long and somewhat tedious arguments about the value of promotion are basically matters of the past. I do not need to continue this debate any longer. I commend the Bill to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee

The Bill.

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