Mr PASIN (Barker) (15:07): My question is to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. Will the minister update the House on new innovations in the wine industry that will support the integrity of Australian wine in the international marketplace? How will such innovations help to boost winemakers in my electorate and the Australian wine industry more broadly?

Mr JOYCE (New England—Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources) (15:08): I thank the honourable member for his question, which is in fact the 27th question today. Obviously the wine industry is an industry that has shown great promise since we have been in government. We have seen a major turnaround. In the last 12 months there has been an eight per cent increase in exports of $1.96 billion. We have seen exports to China rise by 47 per cent to $313 million. It just goes to show you how great work pays a dividend. The work we are doing on free trade agreements and getting protocols in place is delivering a better return not only to the farm gate but to the cellar door. We have also seen wine sales to Canada up by four per cent to $189 million and to Hong Kong up by 24 per cent to $118 million.

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