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Tuesday, 9 September 1958
Page: 952

Mr McMAHON - I can give the honorable gentleman some reassurance by saying that the Minister for Trade has successfully negotiated agreements with both the Ceylon Government and the Malayan Government to recapture a substantial part of the Australian trade in flour with Ceylon and Malaya. So far as Ceylon is concerned, there has been an agreement to take 20,000 tons this year. Negotiations are continuing to see whether more comprehensive arrangements can be placed on a permanent basis. The Minister for Trade has not yet mentioned the exact figure for the permanent arrangements, but as soon as he is able to do so it will be made known to the House. As to Malaya, I cannot remember the exact figures or the terms of the agreement made with the Minister for Trade, but T am sure my colleague, the acting Minister, will, when he is able to do so, prepare a statement and make it known to the House. I can assure the honorable gentleman that this was one of the subjects discussed in some detail with the Malayan Government, and that some concrete assurances have been given for the protection of at least a part of our trade in flour, and also in wheat, on the Malayan market.

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