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Friday, 24 June 1949

Mr BEALE (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture seen the press reports of the statement alleged to have been made by Mr. Hazzard, who was recently appointed Australian Trade Commissioner to New Zealand, that from 45,000 to 50,'000 tons of Australian steel are exported to New Zealand every year at the expense of Australian users, who cannot obtain sufficient supplies and have to pay approximately twice as much for imported steel? In view of the acute shortage of steel for home-building, for the manufacture of the requirements of primary producers and for the general industrial development of Australia, how can the Minister justify the export of such substantial quantities to New Zealand?

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