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Friday, 26 May 1972
Page: 2170

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry been drawn to an article in the Sydney Press of this morning which states that synthetic meat will be on sale in Brisbane shops in a few weeks at 8c per lb? Can the Minister state where thi's meat is to be manufactured and how it will be labelled?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - My attention has been drawn to the article but 1 take it that by 'synthetic meat' the article means imitation meat. This matter is certainly of great concern to all those in the meat industry and who have any dealings with the meat trade. The Australian Agricultural Council, which comprises the Minister for Primary Industry and the State Ministers for Agriculture, has discussed this matter on a number of occasions. The Minister for Primary Industry has himself written to State Ministers and asked them what their Stales are doing in the way of reviewing their labelling systems. Therefore, that part of the honourable senator's question would be really a matter for the State of Queensland to attend to. I cannot tell the honourable senator anything about where the imitation meat, as I call it, is manufactured.

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