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Thursday, 20 March 1980
Page: 874

Senator WATSON (TASMANIA) -Will the Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Commerce advise the Parliament of the anticipated date of presentation to the Government of the final report of the Industries Assistance Commission on the clothing, textile and footwear industries? In view of the uncertainty within the industry and in view of the need for an early decision, when can we expect a Government response? In responding, will the Government recognise employment generated by the industry and the fact that substantial restructuring has already taken place?

Senator CHANEY - I did have a note here somewhere about the report which the honourable senator mentions and which I think is relevant to the question he asked yesterday. I have sought information in reply. My understanding is that the report should be available shortly, and of course the Government will be considering all factors of the kinds which have been raised by the honourable senator. In considering these reports the Government is obliged to consider all matters which impinge on the national interest, and that involves the sum of all the local interests. As the honourable senator will be aware, extensive submissions are made to the Industries Assistance Commission by particular interests of the sort to which he has referred, and I am sure that those submissions would be available to him. I will keep searching through this mass of paper, and if I can find the answer to the question the honourable senator asked yesterday it may enable me to give him a more precise response to the question he has asked today.

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