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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2466

Mr Collard asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

Why did the Council of Egg Marketing Authorities of Australia recommend that hens kept for commercial purposes in the Northern Territory should be exempt from the levy imposed under the Poultry Industry Levy Act.

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

When making the recommendation for exemption from the hen levy of hens in the Northern Territory the Council of Egg Marketing Authorities of Australia (C.E.M.A.) gave no reasons for its recommendation. However, the C.E.M.A. was aware that the Australian Agricultural Council (A.A.C.) had accepted that the Northern Territory should be exempted from the levy. The principal reasons why the A.A.C. considered exemption should be provided for the Territory were that the cost of administering the collection of the levy in the Territory would be greater than the amount of levy collected, that the Territory produced very few eggs and in fact was a substantial importer from the States and that in the interests of the overall development of the Territory no steps should be taken which could result in discouraging the possible development of an industry needed by the Territory. Constitutionally, it is possible to exempt hens kept in a Territory whereas it is not possible to exempt hens kept in a State or part of a State.

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