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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1514

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -

My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Did the Minister for Primary Industry make a statement on 4th May that, following an amendment to the United States meat inspection regulations, a serious situation capable of affecting Australia's meat export trade has developed, and that the elimination of tuberculosis from all properties in Australia is likely to be very costly indeed? What is the value to Australia of the American meat market? How serious is the situation so far as Australia's exports are concerned? How much money is likely to be involved in any compensation scheme to be financed by the Commonwealth? I understand that such a scheme is being considered.


Minister for Primary Industry did make a statement on this matter and if the honourable senator desires he can have a copy of it after question time. As to compensation, the Commonwealth is still seeking the advice of the States, so that no final figure is available at present. As to the quantity of meat to be sold in the United States this year and the proportion of the total quota likely to be affected, I cannot give the honourable senator an answer but I shall seek that information and give it to him as soon as possible.

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