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Wednesday, 21 October 1914

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) . - I wish to direct the attention of the Minister representing the Minister of Trade and Customs to the fact that in the Argus of to-day there appears a list, obtained from official sources, of goods for which British manufacturers wish to find a market in Australia. The statement is made that the war has robbed British manufacturers of many markets for these particular goods hitherto open to them. It is considered desirable that information with respect to these goods should be circulated as widely as possible in Australia, in order that, if possible, a market may be found for them here.

Senator de Largie - The honorable senator might mention the kind of goods he is referring to.

Senator O'KEEFE - I have the list before me. I wish to say that, while no one can object to what is suggested, it is, in my opinion, only fair that the Government, through the High Commissioner, should take similar steps to inform manufacturers in the Old Country as to the raw materials which Australia has been in the habit of supplying to countries now engaged in war, and for which she has been robbed, of a market to a great extent, by the war.

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