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Monday, 31 March 1980
Page: 1183


Senator SIM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate whether he can give an assurance that, when the Government is considering the Industries Assistance Commission report on the textile, clothing and footwear industries, it will take note of the Prime Minister's words at Manila and Lusaka. At Manila the Prime Minister called on the industrialised world to 'resist the temptation to evade their long term reponsibilities to their own constituencies and to the wider world by surrendering to the pressures for protectionism', and at Lusaka: 'defensive protectionist policies exacerbate the situation they are meant to deal with in that they result in an inefficient use of labour and capital resources. They are inimical to general economic recovery and put the future growth of developing countries in jeopardy'. Will the Government match words with deeds? Does the Minister agree that Australia's international credibility is at stake?


Senator CARRICK - Senator Simasks whether I will draw the attention of the Government to certain statements of the Prime Minister when the Government is considering an Industries Assistance Commission report. I will so do.







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