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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2110


Senator GUILFOYLE (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Customs and Excise. In consequence of his announcement that Australia will adopt the anti-dumping code of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and having regard to the strong protests being lodged by manufacturing industry, will the Minister make an early statement to the Senate setting out the grounds on which the Government has rejected the industry's protests? I understand that a week or so ago he stated to a group of overseas businessmen that Australia would adopt the Brussels Convention on Customs Valuation. Has such a decision been taken? If so, will he similarly make a statement to the Senate setting out the grounds on which the Government has rejected the claims by manufacturing industry that such a move will be damaging to industry? If the decision has not been taken, will he make a statement to the Senate setting out the issues for and against an affirmative decision? Will he hold over any decision for a sufficient time to allow any necessary representations to be made?


Senator MURPHY - I accept the honourable senator's invitation. I shall make a statement to the Senate on all the matters which she has raised.







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