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Tuesday, 10 December 1974
Page: 3258

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Overseas Trade been drawn to the fact that meat from New Zealand is available for sale in Australian butchers' shops? In view of the desperate position of Australian meat producers will the Government consider invoking the emergency clauses in the New Zealand-Australia Free Trade Agreement to temporarily suspend imports of meat from New Zealand?

Senator WRIEDT - I can only indicate to Senate Lawrie that meat has been coming in from New Zealand in very small quantities for many years- long before this Government came to office. I cannot remember the precise figures but the amount currently coming in is so minimal as to have no impact whatsoever on the local supply of mutton and lamb which are the meats primarily concerned. As to any alteration to the New Zealand-Australia Free Trade Agreement, I would have to refer that matter to my colleague the Minister for Overseas Trade.

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