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Tuesday, 23 October 1956

Mr McMAHON - The statement made by the honorable member for Grayndler is not only provocative but, also, a little inaccurate in respect of the presentation of facts. Certain Government supporters who desired to become a little better informed on the need for import licensing and about the methods of import licensing itself had departmental officials placed at their disposal so that they could get a full knowledge of the facts. From the discussions that I have had with members of the committee, particularly with the honorable gentleman nominated to become the new Minister for Customs and Excise, I have found satisfaction with what the Government is doing. This was expressed to me by the gentleman who will be the new Minister. So the basis of the honorable gentleman's question is, I think, incorrect. It is not true to say that the committee has submitted a report to me. It may have submitted a report to the Minister for Trade himself but, if so, it has not yet been placed before me and I would not, therefore, have had an opportunity to peruse it.

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