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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - If I may touch on the last part of the honorable gentleman's question first, I should like to make it clear immediately that there is no danger, so far as I can see, of unemployment in the printing trades throughout Australia. ! think it wise to mention that point at the beginning. As to the main part of the question, I know that there is central import licensing and central import control and that these do affect the importation of printing machinery. I have looked into this question in the course of the last few weeks and .have discussed it with some of the metropolitan newspaper companies. We have, for the present, been compelled to advise them that equipment for improving the quality of newspaper work cannot be imported at the present moment. Many companies are involved, and if we give one company the right to import machinery we must give it to the whole lot of them. But I assure the honorable gentleman that this matter is receiving our attention and that as and when central import licensing can be relaxed one of the first problems that will be looked at is the problem of newspaper companies.

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