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Wednesday, 7 December 1960


Mr CLARK (DARLING, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Does the Government believe that it is vitally necessary to our progress and solvency to increase exports? As one of the greatest impediments in the way of increasing our exports is represented by the restrictions that are placed by foreign companies with factories in Australia on the export of their products manufactured here, will the Government institute an inquiry to ascertain the number of overseas companies carrying on manufacturing operations in Australia, either directly, through subsidiaries or by means of the granting of franchises, which will not permit the free export of their Australian production which would compete in overseas markets with goods produced by those companies in their home countries? When the Government is preparing legislation to deal with restrictive practices, will it make provision to cover this kind of procedure?







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