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Tuesday, 6 March 1973
Page: 205

Mr McLEAY (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Overseas Trade and Minister for Secondary Industry. Has his attention been drawn to reports that the Government is considering abolishing export incentives? In view of the problems already created for exporters by the Government's currency decisions, is the Minister able to confirm or deny the accuracy of these reports?

Dr J F CAIRNS (LALOR, VICTORIA) (Minister for Overseas Trade) - I have seen the reports to which the honourable member refers and they are mostly inaccurate. The Government has given consideration to this matter, which was before an interdepartmental committee for some time. A report has been completed and it is ready for consideration by the Cabinet. When that report is considered full consideration will be given to the effect of revaluation on Australian secondary industry.

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