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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1063

(Question No. 1119)

Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 7 September 1984:

Which Australian businesses and/or industries have actually commenced business in the People's Republic of China in the 12 months from 1 July 1983 to 30 June 1984.

Senator Walsh —The Minister for Trade has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Australian Government is not able to identify all Australian businesses which are trading with China. It is only possible therefore to provide an indication of some of the areas of business activity which have had recent commercial success in the People's Republic of China.

As a broad indication, Australian businesses in the following industries have been involved in trade with the People's Republic of China in 1983-84: Wheat, iron ore, wool, sugar, iron and steel products, zinc and zinc alloys, cotton, animal oils and fats, textile yarns, lead and lead alloys, chemicals, leather, cattle hides, paper and paperboard, sheep and lambskins and building materials and products.