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Wednesday, 14 November 1973

Senator DURACK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I refer to statements which were made by the Prime Minister and other Ministers in Japan recently concerning the Australian Government's policy in relation to overseas investment in the mining industry. I also refer to the speculation which has occurred in the Australian Press ever since as to what those guidelines really amount to. I ask whether it is the intention of the Government to make a statement to this Parliament in the near future informing the Parliament of the details of the policy. If it is not the Government's intention, I ask: Why were such policy announcements made in Japan thousands of miles away and not to the Australian Parliament and the Australian people?

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