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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr McEWEN - I did hear something of this matter yesterday. I am not aware that any request for protection has been formally directed, although I understand that some inquiries have been made. The brief information I have is that there have been some imports of canned button type mushrooms from Formosa. I am told that the imported mushrooms are of a different type from those produced in Australia and that they are landed here at a higher price than that at which the Australian mushrooms are sold. Present indications are that they represent about 7 per cent, of the Australian trade in mushrooms. If this is the position - I do not vouch for it but that is what I have been told - I doubt whether there is at the moment a prima facie case for considering the protection of the Australian industry. But, as a general proposition, I can assure the honorable member that this industry, as well as any other worthwhile Australian industry, will be accorded protection if circumstances justify it.


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