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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr McEWEN - The publication that came out a few days ago from the Department of Trade and Industry is the result of a periodic routine examination of certain investments in Australia, lt is not the first document of this kind; it is routine. As I stand here, I do not know whether the Department of Trade and Industry or the Department of Primary Industry would be the appropriate department to assemble information on the investment in primary industry, but we shall consult on this to decide first, which department has the responsibility, and secondly, whether it is necessary to have such a survey. The honorable member suggests that I have failed to answer a question he asked last July. If 1 have, I regret it and will try to correct it. But as he restated the question now, I would think it incapable of being answered. He wants to know what degree of loss has occurred as a result of franchise restrictions. One would imagine that business has been lost, but how the degree of loss can be calculated I do not know, because the loss depends as much on the buyer as on the seller.

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