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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Mr BENSON (BATMAN, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Trade and Industry. It refers to shipments of coal and the proposed shipments of iron ore to Japan. The Minister will recall that in the 1930's a trade agreement existed between Australia and Japan for the sale of wheat to that country. One of the conditions of the agreement was that the wheat had to be carried in Japanese bottoms. I now ask the right honorable gentleman whether he will do all in his power to see that a reasonable proportion of coal and iron ore is carried to Japan in Australian bottoms?

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