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Tuesday, 4 October 1983
Page: 1320

Question No. 190

Mr McVeigh asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 19 May 1983 :

(1) Has he lifted the export ban on meat from the Protean Company's Richmond, Victoria works, for the United States of America market; if so, why.

(2) Are conditions attached to the lifting of the ban; if so, what are the details.

(3) Was agreement to the lifting of the ban sought from United States authorities; if so, was such agreement forthcoming; if not, why not, and have United States authorities subsequently been advised of the lifting of the ban and what has been their reaction.

Mr Kerin —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. Est 140, the Protean Company's Richmond meatworks was relisted for the export of product to the United States of America market on 18 April 1983. This decision was taken as a result of the action of the Receivers and Managers, who are currently managing the Company, which was directed towards the conditions announced by the previous Minister for Primary Industry on 27 August 1982.

(2) Yes. The United States listing of Est 140 will automatically cease when the Receivers and Managers relinquish their control of the works.

(3) No. The decision to relist Est 140 or any export meatworks, is the prerogative of the Australian Government. The United States authorities were advised of the decision. They indicated their concurrence with the decision following the clarification of a number of points associated with the relisting.