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Thursday, 1 April 1965

Senator HENTY (TASMANIA) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I think this matter was raised by the Minister for Customs and Excise a couple of days ago, when he notified the Senate that his Department was taking anti-dumping action against footwear being imported from Red China. If manufacturers in Australia find that footwear is coming in from overseas and damaging the Australian industry, two courses of action are open to them. They can seek access to the Department of Trade and Industry with a view to submitting a case to the Special Advisory Authority, who will deal with the matter within four weeks, or they can seek the support of the Department of Trade and Industry for access to the Tariff Board itself. I do not know whether the Australian footwear industry has taken either step, but I will endeavour to find out and let the honorable senator know as early as possible.

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