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Thursday, 17 October 1974
Page: 1810

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - In directing my question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate I refer to the ban by the Federated Clerks Union on imported cars. If continued it will do tremendous damage to the industry. Is the Minister aware that in South Australia alone there are about 400 new vehicle dealers who employ between 5,000 and 6,000 people? Does he realise that many of these people would be employed by companies dealing almost solely in fully imported foreign cars? Has the Minister noted the statement by a representative of motor car dealers in South Australia in which he said that if these cars could not be landed at Port Adelaide the companies would be brought to a standstill within a few weeks? Has he also noted the statement made or the concern expressed by one major distributor in South Australia who said that his company sold about 200 Datsun vehicles a month, of which about 60 per cent were imported fully assembled? This representative stated that his company's 2 branches would quickly run out of stock and this would affect the jobs of between 130 and 140 employees. Reinforcing what Senator Greenwood has already said I ask: What is the Government doing to prevent unemployment in this important industry?

Senator MURPHY - This seems really to be a question which falls within the administration of one of my colleagues, the Minister for Agriculture, who represents the Minister for Overseas Trade, or the Postmaster-General, who represents the Minister for Labor and Immigration, and I will refer the matter to them. I regret that I am not able to answer the honourable senator's question myself.

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