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Thursday, 17 October 1974
Page: 1806

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address a question to the Minister for Agriculture. Is it a fact that the European Economic Community is dumping surplus beef stocks on the currently few remaining normal Australian export markets at cut-throat, uneconomic prices? Has the Australian Government protested to the European Economic Community agricultural officials at this alleged practice? If so, what has been the reaction to such protests?

Senator WRIEDT -I am not aware that the European Economic Community is dumping foodstuffs on any of the traditional Australian markets. It is true that sales of beef have been made by the European Economic Community in the last few months at prices much more competitive than those which can be offered by Australia. In fact, the prices have been approximately one-third less than the price that we can quote on the world markets. To my knowledge, the main sales have been made to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. I am not aware that the European Economic Community would be engaged in the alleged practice insofar as the Japanese market is concerned, much less the American market. This matter comes really within the ambit of my colleague the Minister for Overseas Trade rather than mine. If there is any further information that he can supply to me, I shall forward it to the honourable senator.

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