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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 696


Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Industry. Is it a fact that notwithstanding recent negotiations between the Australian Government and major Asian exporters to Australia of textile and clothing goods, for voluntary restraint, imports from these countries are accelerating? Does the Minister realise that the Australian textile and clothing industries will be threatened with massive unemployment unless immediate and decisive action is taken to protect them? Is he aware that in Victoria alone at least 6 major country towns are facing economic disaster unless urgent measures are taken to sustain these decentralised industries?


Senator COTTON - I cannot accept any proposition made by the honourable senator to be a fact or not a fact. I know that the Minister for Trade and Industry has stated that he has negotiations proceeding with the countries spoken about with a view to voluntary restraint and that he expects progress. He is quite satisfied with the outcome of his talks. I cannot go beyond that except to direct the question to the, responsible Minister.







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