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Tuesday, 9 November 1971
Page: 3128

Mr LLOYD (MURRAY, VICTORIA) - I address a question to the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry. Is it a fact that the United States has awarded extra meat quotas amounting to 44 million lb because of quota short falls from other exporting countries, principally Australia? Has New Zealand been awarded almost 21 million lb of this extra quota? Can the Minister explain why New Zealand has been able to fill its meat quota to the United States and now fill an extra quota when Australia could not, particularly as New Zealand faces similar dock strike problems to those facing Australia, and which affeat shipping to the United States?

Mr ANTHONY - The facts as stated by the honourable member are correct. I mentioned in this House earlier that it looked as if we would not be able to fill our quota to the United States. Present indications are that we will run about 15,000 tons short of what our quota would be. It is true that New Zealand has been awarded some 21 million lb extra.. How the New Zealanders have been able to fill it I cannot say offhand, but I will find out and let the honourable member know.

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