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Tuesday, 19 March 1968

Mr DUTHIE (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - Has it come to the knowledge of the Minister for Primary Industry that German insurance companies have decided to accept responsibility for fruit destined for Germany and trapped in the Suez Canal since 7th June last year? If this is so, it is the first break through in the 41 weeks old fruit crisis. If the report is correct, will the Government use its diplomatic strength, or any other strength it has, in the United Kingdom to encourage the British insurance companies to follow suit and accept their responsibility for the fruit in the Canal destined for the United Kingdom? Has the Minister any up-to-date news as to the intentions of President Nasser in regard to reopening the Canal?

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