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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2371

Senator WALSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister for Agriculture seen Mr Anthony's week-end statement in which he declared that the Government has a compelling obligation to secure and expand markets for Austraiian exports? Did Mr Anthony assert in February 1971 that he would not sell his soul for trade at a time when the wheat industry was restricted by quotas and had lost its major wheat market in China? Further, does the Minister know the reason for Mr Anthony's latest self-contradiction?

Senator WRIEDT - I do not, to be quite frank. I understand that he did make a statement along these lines, although I have not seen it. There is no doubt that under his administration, or the administration of which he was a part, very significant markets were denied to the primary producers of Australia by the policies that were being followed by the Government of which he was a member.

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