Senate debates

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Questions without Notice

Trade

2:59 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Trade) Share this | Hansard source

As part of our negotiations, we have recently published a list of EU requested terms. There are 236 terms relating to spirits products and 172 relating to agricultural or other food names. In publishing this, it is important to identify, firstly, what's not on the list, because there were a number of concerns that existed in relation to this.

We are not being asked to protect a number of names that our dairy industry, in particular, had been concerned about—for example, brie, mozzarella, edam, gouda, pecorino, provolone, cheddar and, of course, camembert. We do acknowledge, though, that there are concerns in relation to products such as feta and parmesan. These are genuine concerns, and I emphasise we have made no commitments to the EU other than to publish this list of names—no commitments. We want to hear directly from Australian industry so that we can advocate emphatically on their behalf. That's why I have been visiting and meeting with many dairy industry representatives. We will continue to make sure that we get the best possible— (Time expired)

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