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Thursday, 26 February 1987
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Mr CHYNOWETH(10.26) —I rise tonight to speak briefly on the matter referred to by the previous speaker, that is, the Buy Australian campaign. I would like to show to the House two labels that were cut off from two T-shirts which were bought in a Venture store in Frankston. One label, which is for a large sized T-shirt worth $8, says: `Double Swan-Made in China, All Cotton'. That was bought about six months ago at a Venture store in Frankston. However the label on the other T-shirt, which was bought recently, within the last month, and which has a price tag of $8 says: `Double Swan-All Cotton, Made in Australia'. This is an example of the deception that is occurring in the marketing of various products. One tag says `Made in China' and the other says `Made in Australia'. I think the Government should consider bringing in legislation to make certain that this sort of thing does not happen.


Mr McGauran —It is a State matter.


Mr CHYNOWETH —Even if it is a State matter we should make our State colleagues aware of it and make certain that it does not happen. The fact that people are being deceived by simple little things like these two tags has not been pressed hard enough. If the tags could be incorporated in Hansard I would do it so that people could see that what I am saying is correct.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Leo McLeay) —The honourable member may table the tags if he wishes to, although I do not think it is a good idea.


Mr CHYNOWETH —I would like to, but I do not think I can. Another thing which happened recently in Frankston and which I thought was excellent was that a friend of mine went to Myer and purchased an Australian-made pro- duct. The shop assistant said to the purchaser: `Thank you for buying Australian'. That was a simple act but it was quite effective because the purchaser came and told me about the incident. If all our shop assistants did this simple think it would promote Australian goods a lot better than they are being promoted at the moment.

People want to buy Australian-made goods, although there is probably not enough of them in the shops. It should be pointed out that we manufacture many articles at very cheap prices. We should all buy Australian-made, especially when we are buying motor cars. The production of cars generates an enormous amount of work. It generates a lot of work in the electorate of Dunkley. We have there a Japanese-controlled firm called Yazaki which makes the wiring looms for every car that is manufactured in Australia. It has recently won an export order to export wiring looms to New Zealand. It has an excellent research and development section and I am quite certain that in the not too distant future it will be exporting wiring looms and technology back to Japan. It is a very innovative and excellent company. We must all pay a little extra to buy Australian-made goods and make certain that after buying them if we have any comments we would like to make on the goods we pass those comments on to the factories and design teams so that they can improve their products.

We have an opportunity, now that our dollar is so cheap in relation to the rest of the world's money, to sell a great deal more of these products overseas. I recently heard that in the next few months the Ford Motor Co. is to send overseas 12,000 engines from its Victorian plant. These sorts of exports no doubt will lower the deficit that has built up through government borrowings but mainly through borrowings in the private industry. These are some of the things that we can do-simple things such as buying Australian products. Shopkeepers and shop attendants can say to customers: `Thank you for buying Australian'. All of us can promote our products and do our little bit to help Australian industry in a time of crisis and help farmers and manufacturers throughout the nation.