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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Mr LUCOCK (Lyne) .- Because of the lateness of the hour, I wish to comment only briefly on the remarks made by the honorable member for Mitchell (Mr. Wheeler) in regard to the poultry industry. In respect of the other remarks that have been made during this debate, I am sure that anybody who looks at the situation and appreciates what the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) has done for Australia will see in his actions the complete answer to the charges levelled by the Opposition on many occasions to-day. There is an interesting point in the remarks of the honorable member for Mitchell, with which I agree to a very large extent and which high-lights a tremendous problem. The solution is not an easy one to find. We have seen a problem develop in the timber industry in which I am particularly interested, but I am confident that the Government will find a solution to it just as it has found solutions to other problems. The Government should not be asked to throw out of the window an economic policy which is designed for the whole of the Commonwealth.

One of the most interesting points raised by the honorable member for Mitchell is one to which we in Australia will have to give some attention. It is obvious that if the United States of America finds itself in some degree of employment difficulty, it will naturally look overseas for markets for its production. Because of the tremendous resources that the United States has at its disposal, countries such as Australia will be placed at a disadvantage. As I said, Mr. Speaker, because of the lateness of the hour

I shall not speak at length. I believe that the Government will have to keep this matter in mind in the months that lie ahead.

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