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Friday, 13 November 1964

Senator LAUGHT (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice -

1.   What will be the general effect on the Australian export industries of the new15 per cent, charge placed on a large range of imports into the United Kingdom?

2.   Will the new 15 per cent, charge have any adverse effect on the export of lead produced from the Broken Hill mines through the Port Pirie smelters in South Australia?

3.   Does this action of the new Labour administration in the United Kingdom offend against either the terms or spirit of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade to which both the United Kingdom and Australia are parties?

4.   Will the Government make every effort to present its views forcefully to the United Kingdom Government if it considers that any Australian export industries are disadvantaged by this sudden impost?

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