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Tuesday, 16 February 1971
Page: 86

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for Primary' Industry, upon notice:

(1)   ls he able to say whether the prices of chemical spray materials in New Zealand are as much as 50 per cent lower than those in Australia.

(2)   If so, does this give New Zealand orchardists a considerable advantage over Australian orchardists.

(3)   ls he able lo say whether the difference in price is due lo the Government of New Zealand permitting the entry of spray materials duty free and, in other cases, by paying a subsidy to producers to keep costs down so enabling orchardists to compete on export markets.

(4)   Will he order a -review of -he competitiveness of Australian orchardists, giving particular attention to the cost.of chemical sprays.

(5)   Will the Government -consider extending assistance to Australian orchardists similar to that enjoyed by the New Zealand orchardists.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Information on the price' of chemical spray materials in New Zealand is "not readily available in Australia. An inquiry' ls being made in New Zealand and I will be able to answer this question when the information is received.

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