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Wednesday, 17 November 1976

Mr Antony Whitlam (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I refer the Minister for Primary Industry to the statement of an interview with him in today's Australian Financial Review wherein he is reported as saying that the Government's car quotas are entirely different from the prospective quotas on beef imports of the Japanese Government because the former are applied only after a Tariff Board inquiry. Did the honourable gentleman not see the statement of the Prime Minister, made in Adelaide on 1 November this year, guaranteeing that car imports would not be allowed to exceed 20 per cent, even though the subject was at that time under consideration by the Industries Assistance Commission? What then is the essential difference between Japan's action on beef and the car quota policy to which the Prime Minister arbitrarily committed the Government prior to receiving the IAC report?

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