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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3409

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Has a study been made of proposals for the formation of a National Trade Bureau with membership open to all persons and organisations interested in international trade and foreign relationships.

(2)   If not, is it intended to initiate a study.

(3)   If a study has been made, will he indicate whether he favours the concept and whether consideration is being given to its implementation.

Mr Anthony - The answer to the hon ourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) I understand that the idea has been canvassed with some industry organisations by a private person who is interested in such matters. Should private bodies or persons wish to form such an organisation then it is, of course, open to them to do so. If such a body were formed, and if it were representative of informed opinion on trade matters in Australia, then any advice it cared to give the Government would, of course, receive full and careful consideration. In 1958 the Government established two organisations through which it has since been able to obtain valuable advice from experienced and eminent businessmen on a wide range of matters including Australian trade. These organisations are the Export Development Council and the Manufacturing Industries Advisory Council.

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