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Tuesday, 9 October 1956

Mr WHEELER (MITCHELL, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I draw the attention of the Minister for Trade to current reports that the United Kingdom Government is interested in joining a mooted European free-trade bloc, subject to the exclusion of agricultural products. Is the Minister able to state what Australian exports to Britain, if any, would be affected if the United Kingdom became a party to a treaty to form a common European market? In particular, does he know whether wine is to be classed as an agricultural product? If it is not to be so classed, can the Minister say what would be the effect on Australian wine exports to Britain if that country joined the free-trade organization? If the Minister has not received definite information from Britain with regard to the definition of the term " agricultural products ", will he seek such information and advise the House of it, as well as of the situation that might develop with regard to manufactures from agricultural products?

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