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Tuesday, 8 March 1966


Mr Hayden asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice -

Will he investigate the possibility of arranging some scheme to provide compensation for dairy farmers, pig raisers and bean and pea producers who may be adversely affected by the operations of the New Zealand-Australia Free Trade Agreement?


Mr McEwen - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

The New Zealand-Australia Free Trade Agreement incorporates adequate safeguards to prevent serious injury to Australian dairy farmers, pig raisers and bean and pea producers.

There are a number of provisions, including provision to suspend obligations under the Agreement where necessary, which can be implemented to safeguard any threatened domestic industry.

It is the expectation of both Governments, however, that trade between the two countries will develop in an orderly manner and that appropriate solutions to any problems will be found, without any undue delay, through consultations.







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