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Thursday, 25 March 1965

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - by leave - Mr. Deputy President, my attention has been drawn to a statement made in another place that shirts from Hong Kong are being dumped in Australia. I have had some inquiries made into this matter and have been advised that so far no dumping complaint has been lodged with my Department. I have arranged for my departmental officers to extract certain statistics concerning imports of shirts from Hong Kong. However, it would seem appropriate that, if the Australian shirt manufacturers have evidence that shirts are being sold to Australia by Hong Kong exporters at unfair prices and that these sales are causing substantial injury, they should lodge a complaint with my Department under the Customs Tariff (Dumping and Subsidies) Act. I give an assurance that, if such a complaint is lodged, immediate steps will be taken to establish whether a dumping situation exists and, if so, that protective measures available under this Act will be promptly invoked.

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