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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1137

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry aware that employees of the South Australian Egg Board were issued with an ultimatum by the Federated Storemen and Packers Union to join that organisation or it would, virtually within the hour, ban the South Australian stores from accepting any egg pulp from the Egg Board? ls the Minister also aware that the South Australian Egg Board produces approximately 1,800 28 lb tins of egg pulp a day? As this volume of egg pulp represents a big proportion of production which, if disrupted, could adversely affect poultry producers generally in South Australia, will the Minister say what steps can be taken to protect poultry farmers in South Australia from such militant action by a trade union?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - 1 do not know how many men from the South Australian Egg Board the union seeks to involve. What concerns me is the number of times I have been questioned in this place about government action, both Federal and State, in regard to surplus eggs. For the last 12 months there have been frequent meetings between the industry and State Ministers for Agriculture and between the State Ministers and the Federal Minister for Primary Industry in an endeavour to overcome this problem. In my State of Western Australia egg production is being reduced by about 25 per cent.

I understand that at the present time Australia depends quite heavily on the British market for the export of egg pulp. When Britain enters the European Economic Community it can be expected that we will see a drop in that demand. It is my understanding that at the present time we produce about 14,000 tons of egg pulp a year for the export market and 8,000 or 9,000 tons for the local market. At the present time we have a carry-over of something like 17,000 tons of egg pulp. This sort of action by this union does not do anything to help the cause of the egg industry.

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