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Tuesday, 22 March 1966

Mr McEWEN (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade and Industry) - I am not in a position to answer in full the various questions asked by the honorable member. I have seen statements in the Press that an Israeli shipping company had made an offer to carry refrigerated cargo along the lines mentioned.

I know that after long discussions - largely, I think, between the Australian Meat Board and other meat interests and the so called Conference Lines - an arrangement has been made which I gather ensures the continued carriage of our meat at the existing freight charge for the foreseeable future. If the honorable member will allow me to treat other aspects of his questions as questions on notice I will reply to him by letter. 1 can only say that although I have not participated personally in any of these matters, officers of my Department are at all times willing to advise those who are exporting from Australia or who have proposals to make in connection with the carriage of goods from Australia.

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