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Thursday, 11 October 1973
Page: 1930

Mr ANTHONY - The Minister for Minerals and Energy will recall telling me yesterday that there will be no Japanese participation in the proposed development to occur in the Pilbara region. Is this prohibition on Japanese investment in the Pilbara to have application also to other projects in other parts of Australia or is it confined to Western Australia? Also, will the prohibition apply to other countries which might wish to participate in the development of Australia's resources for our benefit?

Mr CONNOR (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - The question asked by the Leader of the Australian Country Party is based on entirely misleading premises. Yesterday I said to him in reply to a question that there would be 2 Australian companies which will be quit-, capable of organising and running the refinery. My words to him yesterday were that we would probably as a government take a . more than sporting interest in it through the Australian Industry Development Corporation. The honourable member's question is mischievous in the highest degree. It is typical of the member concerned to suggest that there is a prohibition on Japanese investment.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Do you think that he is getting a kick-back?

Mr CONNOR - Of course he is.

Mir SPEAKER-Order! I ask honourable members to cease interjecting.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Mr Speaker, it is alleged that the Country Party leader is getting a kick-back. I think that is out of order.


Mr- CONNOR-The statements of the Leader of the Country Party are entirely mischievous. There is no justification for them and they do a distinct disservice to Australia.

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