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Office o f th e M inister for E m ploym ent, E ducation and T raining

Parliament House Canberra, ACT, 2600

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Today’s SMH front-page article on John Dawkins’ support for a US-Australia free trade agreement appears to be based on an issues paper circulated by Mr Dawkins to the Centre-Left faction during the ALP National Conference in Hobart a couple of weeks ago. The issue was not pursued by Mr Dawkins or the faction in deference to Dr Neal Blewett’s view that the most important trade issue at present was the finalisation of the Uruguay Round of the GATT. The issue has not been pursued by Mr Dawkins or the faction since.

Monday July 8,1991

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