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Wednesday, 12 May 1965

Senator HENTY - The Minister for Trade and Industry has supplied the following answers -

1.   The Trade Ship "Sletholm", organised by Australian Export Promotions Pty. Ltd. with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry, left Sydney on 30th April for Papua and New Guinea, British Solomon Islands, New Hebrides, Fiji and New Caledonia.

2.   Australian Export Promotions Pty. Ltd., advises that 60 displays, representing 90 companies, were featured on the ship, and that 25 representatives of exhibiting companies accompanied the ship by chartered aircraft. It is understood that additional space could have been made available had other exporters wished to display their goods.

3.   There are many considerations which determine whether a firm will participate in a particular trade promotion. Among these are, for example, how well the firm knows the markets to be visited, the nature of its existing agency arrangements, its commitments to other promotions. Apart from considerations of this kind, there is no known reason why Australian exporters and manufacturers would not be anxious to take advantage of the opportunity afforded by this trade ship, to show a wide range of goods in these near and important markets.

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