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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2106

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) -I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Overseas Trade: What action does the Government propose to take to maintain our overseas trade, both in exports and imports, in view of the cut-back in the amount of fuel available to some shipping lines?

Senator WRIEDT -I really think this question should be answered by the Minister for Overseas Trade, but I will say this much to the honourable senator: I do not think that at this stage the Government would be in a position to make any judgment. We do not know what the effects of shortages of fuel to shipping around the world will be, but I think it is fair to say that the steps that have been taken so far by the Government to maximise Australia's trade stand to its credit. Nevertheless, to get a more detailed answer I will refer the question to the Minister.

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