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Wednesday, 24 November 1965

Mr BUCHANAN (MCMILLAN, VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Trade and Industry. When answering a question in this House on 18 th May last the Minister said that the Department of Trade and Industry is primarily concerned with our trade business overseas and with promotion as distinct from negotiation, because of which the three senior officers of the Department spend so much of their time abroad that they cannot give adequate service to industry within Australia. In view of the present slowing down in industry owing to the continuing pressure of unnecessary imports of both consumer goods and materials for manufacture, will the Minister now reconsider my proposal to overcome the stalemate in the effective operation of the Industries Division, as a sub-department within the Department of Trade and Industry, by establishing an entirely separate ministry for secondary industry with a charter similar to that enjoyed by the Department of Primary Industry?

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