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Monday, 28 April 1980
Page: 1812

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, refers to the ill-fated 49 horses shipped from Victoria and destined for a knackery in Japan. I ask the Minister, as a senator from a rural area and one who is aware of the role of the horse in transport in an earlier era, whether the Government could use some of the revenue derived from the fuel used by the motor transport of the present day to meet the cost of pasturing out those horses and thus at least emulate the cold-hearted colliery owners of earlier times who did the same for pit ponies. Secondly, will the Government consider devising some way of levying the Victorian exporters concerned so that the animals in question- and there are only 49- can spend their last days in peace instead of being sent to a knackery?

Senator SCOTT (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Resources) -The suggestion of the honourable senator that there should be other ways of using horses than sending them to knackeries is certainly worth while and deserves the consideration of all Australians. I will take on board his proposal referable to the recent question of horses being destined for Japan and will refer it to the Minister for Primary Industry.

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