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Tuesday, 18 May 1965

Senator HENDRICKSON (VICTORIA) - I preface a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate by reminding him that last week I asked him a question relating to restrictive legislation by the United States of America against the importation of Australian meats into the United States. In reply, the Minister said that the United States Congress had no power over imports and that action in this connection had been taken by State legislatures. Press reports have indicated that the Minister's reply was not in accordance with the facts. I now ask the Minister: Is it correct that the Australian Government protested directly to the United States Administration on the possible effects of State legislation discriminating against the sale of imported meat? As the Minister is under a misapprehension regarding this most vital matter, will he obtain an authoritative statement from the Minister for Trade and Industry on this matter which is so important to Australia?

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