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Tuesday, 24 November 1959

Mr Cairns s asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the export of strategic materials is, and always has been, controlled by the Department of External Affairs?

2.   What is a strategic material?

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

1.   No. The administration of strategic export controls is conducted by the Department of

Customs and Excise under the Customs (Prohibition Exports) Regulations. The Minister for External Affairs is responsible for policy aspects.

2.   It is not possible to define a strategic material', firmly and permanently, as my colleague, the; Minister for Trade, pointed out in his reply to a: question asked by the honorable member for Newcastle on 16th September, 1959. The Australian Government uses certain control lists, revised from time to time, which itemize various goods of strategic significance. The broad nature

Df these lists was explained by the Minister for Trade in reply to a question upon notice by the honorable member for Yarra on 23rd September, 1959.

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