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Thursday, 18 October 1973
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Mr BIRRELL (PORT ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is also directed to the Minister for Minerals and Energy. Has the Minister examined the interests held in Australia and overseas by the Australian Mining Industry Council? If so, what are the results of his investigation and can he say what are the activities of the members of the Council?

Mr CONNOR - I thank the honourable member for Port Adelaide for his question. I have investigated in particular the ownership situation of the Australian Mining Industry Council. As has been stated in debates in the last fortnight, it is quite a common thing for overseas interests naturally to assume an Australian name, and their operations proceed from there. The Australian Mining Industry

Council comprises some 92 affiliated companies. Of those, 29 are either wholly or substantially Australian. I make no imputation in respect of them. They are well behaved and go about their business in a proper way. But in respect of the 63 others 'I seek leave to have incorporated in Hansard the full details of research made by my responsible officers as to their ownership overseas. The document is a revelation in itself.

Mr SPEAKER -Is it a bulky document?

Mr CONNOR - It comprises 6 pages and contains 92 names.

Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr Snedden - Leave is granted. I take it that the honourable gentleman will permit us to debate the matter when we have the opportunity to see the document.

Mr CONNOR - With pleasure.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The House will recall that I made a plea the other day that any honourable member requiring the incorporation of material in Hansard should, before the question arises or before he commences his speech, show that material to the person in charge of the debate on either side so that he can have a reasonable opportunity to read what is in it before giving a decision on the matter. (The document read as follows) -





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