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Thursday, 13 May 1965

Senator HENDRICKSON (VICTORIA) - 1 preface my question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate by reminding him that ou many occasions 1 addressed to his predecessor questions relating lo the effect of the United States Trade Expansion Act upon the economy of Australia. I also wish to bring to his attention the forecast of the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry that the 1960's would be a rough and tough decade for Australian industries. I now ask the Minister whether he has read the recent comments of the Acting Chairman of the Australian Meat Board to the effect that restrictive legislation against meat imports in half of the American States was causing serious concern to Australian exporters. The Acting Chairman instanced the differing types of legislation and said that the legislation coincided with a vigorous drive by the American meat industry to promote the sale of its own beef in Europe and elsewhere. Does the Minister agree that this type of legislation defeats the glamorous promises made a couple of years ago by the United States authorities that the other great trading partners would all enjoy a period of economic growth? Does not the Minister agree that this restrictive legislation on the part of the United States will defeat that magnificent objective? If the United States persists with this restrictive legislation against Australian commodities, would it not be possible for Australia to retaliate?

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