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Thursday, 25 September 1958

Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Prime Minister arising from a question that I addressed to him on Tuesday concerning the action of the United States Government in reducing American imports of lead and zinc. In the course of his reply to that question the right honorable gentleman said that a statement would be made by him, or his colleague, the acting Minister for Trade. Because of the very great importance of these trade matters to all the people of Australia, and especially to this Parliament, will the right honorable gentleman make the statement referred to, and afford honorable members an .opportunity of debating it, prior to the dissolution of the House? I think it is important, Mr. Speaker, that the Prime Minister should afford honorable members an opportunity to consider these matters, because of the operation of the Organization for European Economic Co-operation, the existence of the European free trade area, and the decision of the United Kingdom Government to relax controls on dollar imports by the United Kingdom.

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