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Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice -

1.   What is the present position in respect of the negotiations taking place between the Australian and Japanese Governments for a renewal of the trade agreement which expired in July, 1960?

2.   When does he expect to make a statement regarding this matter?

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

1.   The trade agreement between Australia and Japan did not expire in July, 1960, as stated by the honorable member, but continues automatically until specifically terminated by one of the parties to the agreement.

2.   Discussions arising from the agreement have been held with the Japanese from time to time, the last occasion being the Tokyo discussions in October, 1960, and I refer the honorable member's attention to my statement of 28th October in this regard.

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