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Wednesday, 10 July 1946

Mr BREEN (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Prime Minis ter inform me whether there is an arrangement between the Commonwealth Government and overseas governments for the supply of Australian manufactured goods which are in short supply here? I refer to such goods as rubber tyres and woollen textiles. If no such intergovernment arrangement exists, I should like to know whether private manufacturers pay an export duty on such goods to equalize labour costs in the importing countries? Will the Prime Minister endeavour to have a chart prepared showing the relative cost of production of motor tyres and woven woollen - cloth in Australia and in each of the countries of the Pacific group, namely, New Zealand, United States of America, and Canada?

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