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Thursday, 1 May 1980
Page: 2015


Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question which is directed to the Minister representing the Treasurer refers to the Government's assurance given to the Australian Cattle Council on 14 November last year that it would review its policy on cost recovery for export meat inspection during periods of economic downturn. As the price of cattle has fallen by at least 25 per cent since December, as confirmed by Senator Scott yesterday in an answer to Senator Gietzelt, will the Government reduce or abolish its export inspection levy or will its assurance to the Cattle Council be as worthless as Mr Fraser's assurances that inflation, interest rates and unemployment were coming down and his solemn promise of propriety in government.


Senator CARRICK -No doubt the Cattle Council, knowing that our undertaking that inflation would come down from 18 per cent and that soaring interest rates -


Senator Walsh - Your undertaking was that it would come down to 8 per cent.


Senator CARRICK - Senator McLarenreferred to what he alleged were worthless promises to bring down inflation. When this Government came into power inflation was almost double what it is now. The promise has been an effective one. The review of meat inspection costs is a policy matter. 1 will bring it to the attention of the Minister concerned.







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