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Wednesday, 31 October 1956


Mr Galvin (KINGSTON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) n asked the Minister acting for the Minister for Trade, upon notice: -

1.   Has Mr. Frank Packer, or any of the companies with which he is associated, been granted a licence for the importation of newsprint in excess of the entitlement fixed by the Department of Trade and Customs to operate from the 1st October, 1955; if so, why?

2.   Has Mr. Frank Packer, or any of the companies with which he is associated, been granted a restoration in whole or in part of the cut on imports of mechanical printing paper fixed by the Department of Trade and Customs to operate from 1st October, 1955; if so, why?

3.   Has an agreement been reached to give effect to either or both of these grants?

4.   What alterations have been made in the total permissible imports of newsprint and mechanical printing paper for the publications of the companies with which Mr. Packer is associated since the imports from 1st October, 1955, were fixed?


Mr McMahon - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   No.

2.   An upward adjustment was made quite recently in the allocation to Consolidated Press Limited for imports of mechanical printing paper. This course was taken following the examination of applications by the company and on the merits of the case presented. The adjustment had been recommended earlier by the Department of Trade and Customs previously responsible for licensing.

3.   The company has been advised of the decision.

4.   None, other than the adjustment I have already mentioned.







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