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Wednesday, 24 August 1960

Mr McEWEN (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade) - I am aware of the Congressional proposals to which the honorable member has referred. Under what is known in Congress as, I think, the Kerr bill, the already high duties on lead and zinc would be severely increased. Indeed, I think that they would be practically doubled. We have already registered the very strongest protest against any further obstruction to the sale of Australian products in the United States. As there are provisions in the Kerr bill other than the proposed duties on lead and zinc, I have some hope and confidence that because the measure mixes two things it will not be acceptable to the American Administration. 1 also have a high hope that, notwithstanding the passage of such a measure through Congress, the President, in the exercise ot his rights, would not permit a further obstruction of this nature to Australian trade.

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