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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1832

Senator DONALD CAMERON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Labour and Immigration) -Is the Minister for Agriculture aware of the difficulties at present confronting beef producers in Australia? Will the Minister indicate whether anything can be done to overcome these difficulties?

Senator WRIEDT -I think it is well known that there has been a significant downturn in the world meat markets. The Government has taken all possible steps to reactivate the markets, especially in Japan and the United States of America. On Australia's initiative a conference was held in Washington last week to determine ways to normalise world meat trade. No specific decision came out of the conference except that further official talks should take place. The Government is mindful of the position and in view of the depressed state of world meat trade one must assume that the situation will continue for some time. Nevertheless, a close watch is kept upon the trade and all avenues which will expand our exports of meat are continually being explored.

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