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Wednesday, 3 April 1968


Dr PATTERSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister for Trade and Industry a question about sugar. Why has the Minister until last week continuously praised the Japanese Government to the degree of stating that the expansion of the sugar industry was made possible only by the Japanese Trade Agreement when, as we now know on his own admission, the arrangements made with Japan were highly unsatisfactory because of the complete absence of a satisfactory price agreement? Is not the Minister aware that his attack, or his alleged attack, on the Japanese Government, although perhaps pleasing to the motor car industry, could do grave harm to successful negotiation at the forthcoming International Sugar Agreement Conference because Japan is a most important and in fact a key participant?







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