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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 134

Senator McLAREN asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Since the Government reviewed the list of exports on the strategic list last June have sales of steel scrap, tinplate, pig iron, and aluminium alloys, to the value of $20m been exported to the People's Republic of China from Australia; if so, does the Government no longer consider that China is a threat to Australian security.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Bureau of Census and Statistics has provided the following preliminary figures of exports of the goods in question to the People's Republic of China during the period 1st July 1971 to 31st March 1972:


I am advised that actual sales of the goods in question, as distinct from exports, are not available.

The revision in 1971 of Australia's strategic controls on exports to the People's Republic of China was designed to bring Australian controls into line with those applied to exports to the People's Republic of China by other Western countries. The People's Republic of China already had access to the items, freed for export by Australia, from other Western suppliers. The Government considers that the revision of Australia's strategic export controls has not prejudiced Australia's security.

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