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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 2999

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) -My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Overseas Trade. Has the Minister been receiving representations that he should close down the trade commissioner service which Australia maintains in South Africa and transfer the 2 trade commissioners to black Africa? Does the Government accept that to do so would imperil the quantity and range of a mutual trading relationship with South Africa and jeopardise the employment of black people in South Africa and, further, Australians in Australia? Will the Minister publicly state that the Government rejects the representations and that it will continue to maintain a trade commissioner service in South Africa?

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Agriculture) -I will have the question referred to the Minister for Overseas Trade for an answer.

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