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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr GILES (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Did the Minister for Trade and Industry notice in last Friday's Press an article suggesting that member nations of the European Common Market felt that Britain was now in a more amenable frame of mind regarding her entry into the Common Market? Does this mean that the British Government will not consider the financial wellbeing of Commonwealth countries in their future trade with Britain, or will her attitude be much the same as it was before when negotiating for entry? Is the Australian Government in constant touch with our advisers on this matter in the United Kingdom, and has the Government succeeded in redirecting an appreciable percentage of our exports of dairy produce, dried fruit, canned fruit and other export commodities, which are dependent primarily on Britain as a purchasing source?

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