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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1750

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Prime Minister. It follows that asked by the honourable member for Gwydir of the Acting Minister for Overseas Trade and relates to the placing of a ban by the Seamen's Union on French ships. The Minister completely dodged answering this question. So I ask the Prime Minister: In view of the very serious implications that this ban has on the export of Australian goods, particularly on skins from Australia to France, will he say whether his Government supports the action of the Seamen's Union and will he say what action he will take against this sort of industrial, political action which is having such serious effects on some of Australia's industries?

Mr WHITLAM - I have read that the Seamen's Union is proposing to take action against French shipping in the light of the French Government's refusal to abandon nuclear tests in the atmosphere of the South Pacific. The same union took the same action last year. My Government proposes to take the same action as our predecessors did.

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