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Wednesday, 7 November 1973
Page: 1604

Senator LAUCKE (South Australia) - I indicate to the Senate that the Liberal Party Opposition will not further resist this measure. I have to say, however, that I and members of the Opposition parties, would have appreciated it if the figures which have been produced today had been made available to us at the time of the debate on this Meat Export Charge Bill 1973. These figures were not available to us at the time of our opposition to the imposition of 1 .6c per lb on beef and veal to cover meat inspection and the brucellosis and tuberculosis eradication scheme. I also would have liked to have had a copy of this document. We have no desire to impede the passage of this legislation now but I would have appreciated it if the Minister for Primary Industry (Senator Wriedt) had made available to me earlier a copy of the statement which he has just made to the Committee. The Opposition desires to expedite the passage of the Government's legislation wherever possible. We have no further reason to oppose this Bill, and I indicate now that we will not persist in our opposition to it.

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