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Australia Says Farm Bill Results Question U.S. Commitment to Agricultural Trade Reform

Monday, April 29, 2002

The Australian government is "very disappointment with the trade-distorting measures allowed for in the new U.S. Farm Bill," according to a press release today from the office of Australia’s Trade Minister Mark Vaile. He said “the Farm Bill shields American farmers from market signals and will contribute to unnecessary increases in production by farmers in order to qualify for their Government subsidies.” Vaile also said that the increased spending by the U.S. on domestic farm support sends “bad signals” about the U.S.’ willingness to reform its agricultural trade policies. View Minister Vaile’s press release at: http://www.trademinister.gov.au/releases/2002/MVT034_02.html.

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