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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2559

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Government noted that the JapanCanada ministerial committee agreed on 14 September 1971 to establish a sub-committee on resources and energy matters to be composed of senior government officials and to maintain continuous review of trade in copper, coal, iron, uranium and other mineral commodities and further processing in Canada for the international market.

(2)   In view of conflicting views in Japan and Australia on the development and export of Australian minerals (Hansard, 28th September 1971, page 152S and 30th September 1971), has consideration been given to establishing a similar joint sub-committee for Australia.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   This question calls for a statement of policy which I do not propose to make at this time.

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