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Wednesday, 16 May 1973
Page: 2166

Mr KATTER (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - Because my question affects the lives of many, many Australians, I direct it to the Prime Minister. I would ask the honourable gentleman to answer it explicitly and in detail, and thereby of course create a precedent. Will the Prime Minister assure the House and the people of Australia that the Minister for Overseas Trade in his trade talks with officials of the People's Republic of China will not commit Australian exports in a season of short supply exclusively to the Chinese and to the exclusion of all other traditional markets? Does the Prime Minister fully appreciate that in times of normal production and above normal production Australian exporters need access to all world markets? Does the Prime Minister recognise that once a type of export is removed as part of a blend of goods on any export market it can and does take many years to re-establish that commodity in that market?

Mr WHITLAM - The Australian Government is anxious to preserve all overseas markets to which Australia at present enjoys access. We are particularly anxious to recapture the market for wheat in China which the previous Government lost.

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