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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Dr EVATT (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should like to ask the Minister for Trade a question arising out of the one he has just answered. Will he tell the House who are the members of the committee to which he referred? Are the reports of that committee dealing with policy matters available to Parliament? I cannot recall reports of this committee being made available to honorable members, especially reports dealing with the aspects of import licensing mentioned just now by the right honorable gentleman.

Mr McEWEN - I will be glad to make available to the House the names of the members of the committee. I cannot recall them all from memory. As is the case with a multitude of committees which advise this Government and which advised previous governments, it is not customary to make the advice of the consultative committee public. Quite frequently this is no less undesirable from the point of view of the members of the committee than it is from the point of view of the normal processes of government. It is confidential advice.

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