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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2905

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Northern Development inform the Senate of any proposed sugar deal with Japan involving 600,000 tonnes a year for 5 years as mentioned in this morning's Press. Can the Minister give the Senate any further particulars of this deal?

Senator WRIEDT -Dr Patterson, who is the Minister responsible for this, was in Japan some weeks ago to arrange a contract with the Japanese importing firms. No finality was reached at that time. I do not know what has obtained since then. I would assume that the Japanese are still very interested in buying Australian sugar and presumably it is only a matter of working out the details of a contract, but I will need to obtain the information from Dr Patterson. I will get it for the honourable senator.

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