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Wednesday, 25 August 1937

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that recently the Government announced that it was not their intention to interfere in any way with the export to Japan of iron-ore from Koolan Island, Yampi Sound, in Western Australia?

2.   If so, has there been any change of the Government's intentions since that announcement was made.

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows: -

1.   and 2. The Government has no desire unnecessarily to deny to foreign countries access to our raw materials. The Government has in hand a general survey of the iron resources of Australia, in order that it may be ascertained whether the total Australian supplies are more than adequate for the anticipated future needs of the nation.

The State Governments have been, asked to await the filial results of the survey before granting any further mining leases or other mining rights which would have as their objective the export of iron ore to foreign countries.

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