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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr HAROLD HOLT - Dealing first with the last and somewhat disorderly portion of the honorable member's question, I think that representatives of the textile industry are entitled to the same respect and recognition as are the representatives of any other section of Australian industry. The honorable member has asked whether a Treasury official is conducting some survey of the situation in the textile industry. 1 would have the honorable gentleman know that the position of the Australian economy comprehensively is analysed regularly and almost constantly by the appropriate departments of this Government. I have already mentioned the fact that we are well aware that recent developments have left some lag of activity in the textile industry and some retrenchments and re-adjustments in the affairs of that industry. I have no doubt that in the surveys which have been made of the trend of the Australian economy officers of the Treasury, in conjunction with officers of other relevant departments - notably the Department of Trade, the Department of Labour and National Service, the Department of Primary Industry and what might be termed the economic sections of the Administration - have been directing their attention to this as well as to other elements in the economy.

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