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Wednesday, 20 March 1957

Mr BLAND (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address to the Minister for Trade a question on the subject of import restrictions. In view of the grave disquiet among traders and other members of the community, is the Minister prepared, by appropriate action, to direct that the grant, cancellation or amendment of all quotas and special licences shall be publicized in the " Gazette " immediately after their occurrence? Is he also prepared to announce in the House, in the near future, and thereafter from time to time, particulars of the importation of goods by the Commonwealth Government, State governments, and government agencies that compete with private traders for resources of foreign exchange? Will he include in such announcements any detailed information that may be necessary for proper criticism of the policy involved?

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