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Tuesday, 7 May 1957

Mr LESLIE (MOORE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Will the Minister for Trade say what action, if any, is being taken to encourage, and increase, trade with our near northern neighbours and, in particular, other countries east of Suez? Will he also say whether such actions as are taken, or will be taken, in that direction, if any, will be so framed as to ensure that Western Australia which, because of its geographical situation, is the natural supplier of those markets, will receive full consideration? That is to say, will the interests of Western Australia and its producers receive proper weight in the activities of the Department of Trade in the direction of promoting trade with Asia? I add that not only is Western Australia favorably circumstanced to be a supplier of goods to Asia because of its geographical position, but that its desirability as a supplier is further emphasized by the fact that the quality of its exportable goods is possibly the highest in the Commonwealth.

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