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Tuesday, 23 August 1960

Mr McEWEN (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade) - The export council of the Australian Chambers of Commerce, in co-operation with the Australian Manufacturers Export Council, not the Government, has arranged, I think with Royal Interocean Lines, that a certain ship that calls normally at Singapore, Malaya, Ceylon and India shall, for one voyage, go in the guise of an Australian trade ship. All the public space on this passenger ship will be devoted to displays and there will be, I think, 38 Australian businessmen who will travel on the ship, which will be a very good shop window for the display of Australian goods in an area to which we have normal shipping services and in which also we have established trade missions. The Department of Trade endorses the project, and the aid of the Australian Trade Commissioner Service, as well as all the aid that the Department of Trade can give at this end, will be available for what, I hope, will be a successful mission.

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