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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 305

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I address my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Is the Minister aware that 100 butchers in Brisbane have closed their shops or gone broke in the last 3 years? Is the Minister aware also that a Commonwealth survey published on 8th August 1972 showed that meat was dearer in Brisbane than in any other capital city and that soon people will be unable to afford meat? Does the Minister agree that the situation in Queensland is an extraordinary one for the beef State of Australia with in excess of 10 million head of cattle? Will he urgently consider establishing a stabilisation committee for the meat industry to protect Australian consumers and the meat retail trade?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The reputation of Queensland as a meat producing State is well known. As a primary producer, I know what a producer receives for meat on the hoof in comparison with the price that is realised in the butcher's shop. I would think that this would be more of a State matter but I will discuss it with the Minister for Primary Industry and convey any information that I receive to the honourable senator. May I say that I would be glad of any information that the honourable senator can give to me on this matter before 1 go to the Minister for Primary Industry.

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