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Friday, 6 December 1935

Senator McLEAY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, the following questions, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that repeated requests for a better deal have been received from America in regard to Australia's export trade?

2.   Is the Minister in a position to make a statement on the prospects of a trade treat; with America?

3.   Having regard to the trade figures for the year 1934-35 - imports from the United States of America, £11,041,600 sterling; exports to the United States of America, £2,757,935 Australian currency - and in view of the recent Cabinet decision to permit the direct importation of American and other foreign aircraft without certificates of airworthiness will the Government consider the desirability of giving preference to good customer countries such as Germany and Belgium over other countries that are regarded as poor and unreasonable customers?

4.   In view of the reports of the success of German planes in New Guinea, will the Government consider the question of making a deal with Germany to exchange planes for wool ?

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