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Thursday, 25 September 1958

Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister acting for the Minister for Trade a question without notice. Is there any difference in principle between the establishment of import quotas by America and Australia? What attention did Australia pay to the objections raised. by Lancashire and other British traders when Australia imposed similar quotas on other articles? Does the Minister know why a British trade delegation, which recently wished to visit Peking to discuss adverse balance of trade payments, was refused vises by red China? Does the Government not consider that it would be wiser to stockpile lead and zinc for the next two or three months, in view of the present international situation, rather than take other action and make statements which may be misinterpreted abroad?

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