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Thursday, 1 April 1971

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I think it will be understood that in my newly found capacity as Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Industry I would not have all the information on this matter. The information I have is much the same as that which Senator Bull has and comes from reading newspaper reports. Some of the questions he asked do bear on policy and relate to a concern, which I share, about any added cost burden for primary industries. I imagine that any increased manufacture of parts in Australia by employees in our factories would add to the capacity of those factories to produce at a lower cost. This may have some bearing on the matter. I certainly share the honourable senators concern. I am sure that the Minister for Trade and Industry also is concerned about any possible increase in the cost of equipment supplied to primary industries. I will refer the matter to him, particularly the reference to the Tariff Board inquiry, and get an answer for the honourable senator as soon as possible.

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