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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 381

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate and the Minister representing the Prime Minister, ls the Minister aware that the following industries are foreign owned to the following degree: agricultural and earth moving equipment manufacturing, 91 per cent; meat production, 92.5 per cent; fruit and vegetable preserving, 95 per cent; and flour and ceral production, 97 per cent? As it is apparent that the Government approves of this amount of foreign control, can the Minister inform the Parliament of the amount of profits exported to overseas countries from each industry for the last financial year?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - 1 have seen some figures indicating something along the lines put forward by the honourable senator, but they were not the figures mentioned by him. 1 shall have the true figures taken out.

Senator KEEFFE - Do you say that they are untrue?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - 1 do not know.

Senator KEEFFE - Do not cast aspersions on me, please.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The figures that I have seen are substantially different from those mentioned by the honourable senator. I shall obtain the figures from the Prime Minister's Department or from the Treasury and supply the honourable senator with whatever information I can obtain.

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