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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 3971

Mr Bennett asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to allegations in the publication 'Fiji a Developing Australian Colony', of an Australian take-over of the Fijian economy by multinational corporations through subsidiaries and merger of Australian companies.

(2)   In order to avoid further resentment against Australia, will he take steps to confer with the Fijian Government to ensure a similar protection of local ownership in Fiji, in respect of industries and Australian groups being established there, to the controls in Australia.

Mr Whitlam - The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No. This is a matter for the Government of Fiji. The Australian Government, however, would be happy to confer with the Fiji Government if requested to do so.

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