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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4555

Mr ALLAN FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice:

In view of the very difficult position facing Australian paper manufacturers, and particularly in view of the situation at Wiggins Teape Shoalhaven Pty Ltd paper mill at Bomaderry, will the Government direct that, where private contracts are let for Government printing work, the contract specifies that paper produced in Australia must be used.

Mr Anthony - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The long-standing policy on Commonwealth Government purchasing is that, where overseas goods are in competition with local supplies, ordering authorities are required to add the cost of freight and insurance, and the appropriate amount of any duties and primage which would apply if the goods were being imported commercially. In this way, Australian manufacturers are afforded the protection to which they are normally entitled under the Tariff. (The Australian paper industry is accorded protection under the Tariff.) Exceptions may be made, and higher priced Australian goods favoured, such as when the goods are of strategic importance or the industry is depressed. Consistent with this policy, special consideration may be given to the use of Australian-made paper in private contracts for Government printing work.

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