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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr McEWEN (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade) - I think that the question does not accurately state the facts. It is intended, as has been announced, that at an early date, an appropriate senior officer of the Import Licensing Division of theDepartment of Trade will be stationed in Western Australia, and possibly another in South Australia, to give decisions on the spot in regard to certain applications of a restrictive character. In respect of issues upon which the officer concerned is not authorized to give a decision on the spot, he will be able to assist the applicant individuals or companies in the presentation of their case. The officer chosen will go to Western Australia, I am advised, within a week or ten days and will be established there. The intention is that he will remain there for so long as it is evident that there is need for his services. He will then return to work for a period in the Central Import Licensing Division in Sydney. He will go backwards and forwards between Perth and Sydney, and possibly, according to the amount of work that turns up, the. same officer will go to Adelaide as well. I am sure that this will be of very considerable value to the commercial interests in those more distant States.

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