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Thursday, 25 March 1965

Senator ANDERSON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - Yesterday I issued a Press statement on this matter. For the information of honorable senators who may not have yet seen the published item, perhaps I could enlarge upon the action that has been taken. My Department received a complaint from an Australian foot wear manufacturer alleging that some footwear from mainland China is being sold in Australia at unfair prices. The complaint further alleges that this is causing injury to the local industry. I am informed by my Department that preliminary inquiries have indicated that anti-dumping action is warranted. Accordingly, dumping cash securities will be required on the importation of footwear to Australia from mainland China on or after 22nd March last. It will apply to a variety of shoes mainly in the young people's market, with leather or composition leather outer soles. The dumping cash security is a deposit contributed by importers to provide interim protection to the local industry until the inquiries by my Department are complete. It should be understood that if the inquiries indicate that no dumping exists, the cash security will be returned. However, on the other hand, if dumping is established the matter will be referred to the Tariff Board immediately.

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