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Tuesday, 7 December 1971
Page: 4259

Mr Hansen asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice:

(1)   What quantities of fish were imported into Australia in each of the last 3 years?

(2)   What were the main exporting countries?

(3)   What quantities of the imported fish were canned?

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

(1)   Imports of canned and other fish, excluding live fish, totalled 85,441,775 lb in 1968-69, 79,263,306 lb in 1969-70 and 97,251,328 lb in 1970-71.

(2)   The main countries exporting fish to Australia over the last 3 years, excluding live fish, were Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and South Africa.

(3)   As imports of canned fish are not recorded separately in official statitistcs it is not possible to provide the detailed information required by the honourable member. However, imports of canned and bottled fish totalled 23,684,086 lb in 1968-69, 23,094,759 lb in 1969-70 and 22,427,835 lb in 1970-71.

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