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Thursday, 31 October 1974
Page: 2189

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) -I ask the Minister for Agriculture whether the talks starting today with the Prime Minister of Japan will include the matter of Australian meat exports to Japan. Will it be pointed out to our visitor that the depressed state of our meat industry could affect the sale of Japanese products, including cars, in Australia?

Senator WRIEDT - It has certainly been indicated already that the discussions between the Japanese Prime Minister and the Australian Prime Minister will include the question of Australian beef exports to Japan. Whether there will be suggestions that the trade between the 2 countries will be penalised because of the problems we find in particular areas of that trade is a different matter. It would not be in the interests of this country or of Japan to damage that trade relationship simply because of difficulties that arise in particular areas.

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