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Wednesday, 5 March 1980
Page: 549

Senator ARCHER (TASMANIA) - I ask a question of the Leader of the Government in the Senate. In view of the suggestions made by a director of the Electrona Carbide company that its current round of financial shortages is, according to the Mercury newspaper, due to a virtual boycott of Australian carbide products by the communist bloc countries, can the Minister advise whether the Government has any evidence, or has received any suggestion, of any reverse boycott situation against Australia or any Australian industry?

Senator CARRICK -It is only in recent minutes that my attention has been drawn to a newspaper cutting regarding the Electrona Carbide company. I note the significant statement of the director. He is quoted as saying that he would not say whether a boycott was in retaliation after Australia's trade sanction against the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. I think that point should be made. I have no knowledge of any such retaliation. Certainly none has come to my notice. But I will ask my colleague in another place. If any information is available I will convey it to the honourable senator.

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