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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2903

Senator GUILFOYLE (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and refers to the decision relating to the Industries Assistance Commission's new approach to 5 items and, in particular, to the recommendation that imports from the Philippines and South Korea should not get developing country preferences. Is the Minister aware that the figures of imports of clear sheet glass for the September quarter this year approximate the imports for the full year 1 973-74? Is the Minister considering the revision of the classification of Taiwan as a developing country for the application of duty free access? As the figures for the September quarter imports from Taiwan are similar to those for imports from the Philippines, it would seem consistent that Taiwan should be reviewed as a duty free exporter of glass to Australia if we are to give assistance to the recommencement of clear glass manufacture in Australia.

Senator MURPHY -I will refer the question to the appropriate Ministers, because I think it touches the portfolios of several, and I will communicate the honourable senator's observations to them.

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