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Friday, 27 November 1959

Mr McEWEN - The honorable member has raised an important subject. I shall ascertain the situation in full and shall inform him by correspondence, as the House is about to go into recess. Representatives of the lead and zinc- interests- of the world have been meeting over a- period at two levels. Representatives- of the industries themselves have been- meeting on their- own initiative, and, under the auspices of' one of the instrumentalities- of the United Nations, representatives of the producing and the importing countries have met from time to time. I do not carry in my mind the details of the present situation, but I know it was expected that representatives of the producers would probably be meeting in the near future.- I can assure the. honorable member- that the Australian industry is very ably represented at these: meetings' whenever they occur.- The.- industry, consults- this Government. The Government- is fully represented whenever- there.ri.s- a-, meeting at governmental level, and the> Government never- speaks for Australia:' without- consulting representatives; of.- the,, lead; and zinc industries here-.

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