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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2285


Senator Bonner (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

In view of the distress in the textile industry in Queensland, which is causing widespread unemployment particularly in small country towns and cities, will the Minister give an assurance that he will facilitate an application to the Industries Assistance Commission for emergency tariff protection for these industries.


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following information for answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government is prepared to look at any case for emergency tariff protection submitted to it on an industry basis. The industry may, however, wish to examine whether action taken as a result of references to the Textiles Authority established within the Commission or under the Government's recently announced scheme of assistance for towns and cities outside metropolitan areas would more appropriately meet its problems. The Department of Manufacturing Industry should be contacted regarding applications for any of these forms of assistance.

Diplomats in and from China: Travel Restrictions (Question No. 279)


Senator Sim (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) What travel restrictions apply to Australian diplomats in the People 's Republic of China.

(2)   What travel restrictions apply to diplomats of the People *s Republic of China in Australia.


Senator Murphy - The Acting Foreign Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) The travel restrictions which apply to Australian diplomats in the People's Republic of China are the same for all foreigners resident in Peking. Free movement is permitted only within a 20 kilometre radius of Peking as well as within corridors along specified routes to the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall and the Airport. (Within this radius, there are many parts which are out of bounds to foreigners or which can only be reached by one specified route.)

Permission to travel outside Peking to a small number of designated cities must be sought from the Foreign Ministry at least 24 hours in advance. Travel to other areas is very limited and is arranged upon application, generally two weeks in advance, to the Foreign Ministry. The Ministry occasionally arranges for groups of diplomats or journalists special tours to points of interest, to which it is otherwise difficult to g°-

(2)   Travel restrictions applying to diplomats of the People's Republic of China in Australia are in response to restrictions imposed upon members of the Australian Embassy in Peking. The same restrictions apply to the Chinese journalists attached to the Chinese Embassy in Canberra.

An application seeking permission for travel outside a 45-mile radius from Parliament House, Canberra, must be lodged with the Department of Foreign Affairs 48 hours in advance. There are no restrictions on the number of applications that may be lodged, nor on where the applicant may travel other than where Defence Establishment restrictions apply.

Journalists in and from China: Travel Restrictions (Question No. 280)


Senator Sim asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) What travel restrictions apply to Australian journalists in the People 's Republic of China.

(2)   What travel restrictions apply to journalists from the People 's Republic of China in Australia.


Senator Murphy - The Acting Foreign Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

See the answer to question No. 279 supra.







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