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Tuesday, 9 October 1956

Mr PETERS - Is the Minister for Trade aware that in all the big stores and confectionery shops throughout Australia there are vast quantities of Swiss confections, and that-

Mr Hamilton - Where, in Melbourne?

Mr PETERS - Right throughout Australia, I imagine - and that in the jewellers' shops there are quantities of jewellery and trinkets, also of Swiss origin? Were the credits established as a result of the loan of Swiss francs secured by the Treasurer within the last few years used for the purpose of importing these goods into Australia? If so, does the Minister consider that they contribute to the development of Australia, it having been suggested that that loan was for developmental purposes, or does he believe that they merely add to our overseas difficulties?

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