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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3708

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Have negotiations been taking place between officers of the Australian Government and the Government of the United States of America with a view to effecting a treaty of mutual co-operation relating to trade practices and anti-trust activities.

(2)   If so, have these negotiations been terminated by the Australian Government following passage of the Foreign Proceedings (Prohibition of Certain Evidence) Act

(3)   Have any notes of protest been received from the United States Department of State by the Australian Government following the passage of that Act

Mr Howard - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The possibility of such an agreement was raised informally by United States Government officials with Australian Government representatives in Washington.

(2)   It has been decided not to enter into negotiations with the Government of the United States of America in relation to this possible agreement.

(3)   No.

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