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Friday, 22 May 1936


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [5.7]. - by leave - For some time past the Government has been much concerned in regard to our trade balances with certain countries. This afternoon in the House of Representatives the Minister directing negotiations for trade treaties (Sir Henry Gullett) announced the decision of the Government in regard to very important steps that are to be taken to apply the licensing system to imports from certain countries, to readjust certain duties with a view to correcting our trade balance with specified countries by diverting trade from them to others with which we have a favorable balance; and to divert certain trade to Australia. The matter is so comprehensive, and involves so many details of policy, that I have arranged for copies of the speech of the Minister directing negotiations for trade treaties to be distributed to each honorable senator this afternoon.







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