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Wednesday, 3 April 1968

Dr J F Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) - I. am advocating that we take adequate steps to protect the production of motor cars in Australia so that we may have sound production of six cylinder cars and sound production of four cylinder cars.

Mr Sinclair - By restricting the importation of Japanese motor cars?

Dr J F Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) - I think we will have to restrict the importation of some Japanese motor vehicles, yes. I think the Minister for Trade and Industry, and his assistant, the Minister who has just interjected, have a responsibility to answer that question instead of requiring an answer from me. I want to know how the Minister would answer that question. He must not imagine for a moment that he can avoid answering it by requiring an answer from me. I will give him my answer. In fact, I have given it. We stand for the protection of the Australian motor car industry and entering into a sensible arrangement with Japan which will not restrict our exports to Japan and thereby penalise the very people whom the Minister for Trade and Industry is supposed to represent primarily. This, I believe, can be done, without any of the histrionics in which the Minister for Trade and Industry has engaged in this House during recent weeks. We want an opportunity to debate the matter and I challenge the Minister to give us that opportunity.

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