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Tuesday, 17 February 1959


Mr PETERS (SCULLIN, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister for Trade aware that, about December last, the Secretary of the Department of Trade, a Mr. Crawford, stated that this year Australia would have an adverse trade balance of about £260.000,000, and that, while he did not believe that Australia would suffer a depression as bad as the depression of the !930's. he considered that it was the duty of Australians to pray every night that people overseas would have the purchasing power necessary to buy Australian commodities? Does the Minister for Trade believe that while this Government is in power we should rely upon prayer to protect our overseas trade balances?







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