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Wednesday, 27 March 1968

Mr McEWEN - I am completely satisfied with the operation of the Australia- Japanese Trade Agreement. The Agreement has led to an immense increase in trade both ways. It has led to a new relationship between the Government of Australia and the Government of Japan. It has led to a new respect by the Australian community and the Japanese community. It has never been part of the Japanese trade treaty that either Australia should be without right and authority to protect her own industries nor that the Japanese Government should be without right and authority to protect its own industries. What I want understood is the clear facts of the matter in this regard and not the distortions which come, as I mentioned, from Mr Maxwell Newton. If

I can help the Leader of the Opposition to identify the gentleman, it is the Mr Maxwell Newton who has worked for and financially contributed to the funds of his former private secretary, Mr Menadue, when he opposed my colleague, the honourable member for Hume, at the last House of Representatives election. It is the same Mr Newton who contributed to the election expenses of the Australian Labor Party in the recent Senate election.

Mr Whitlam - I wish to make a statement because I have been grievously misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Does the honourable member wish to make a personal explanation?

Mr Whitlam - Yes. Mr Maxwell Newton did not contribute to the funds of the Australian Labor Party either directly or indirectly at the Senate election. The honourable member for Bass (Mr Barnard), who is Deputy Leader of the Opposition, the honourable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr Crean) and I are the sole trustees of the Party's funds and none of us have received any money from Mr Newton or on his behalf. As to the other statement concerning any contribution in relation to the House of Representatives election for the electorate of Hume, I invite the right honourable gentleman to make his statement outside the House.

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