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P. M. No. 69/1968


Statement by the Prime Minister, Mr. John Gorton

The Government began its series of pre-Budget consultations

in Canberra today;

The first day's discussions were with national organisations representing primary industries; manufacturing industries and commerce.

Instead of holding these talks jointly as in previous years, the Government

today saw these organisations in three separate groups.

We had decided that there would be mutual advantage in

having separate meetings, and the new arrangements proved satisfactory.

The talks were worthwhile in providing Ministers with an up-to-date

appreciation of the views of those directly involved in commerce and industry.

The series of pre-Budget consultations will continue tomorrow

when Ministers will hold separate discussions with representatives of the

• Manufacturing Industries' Advisory Council, the Export Development Council

and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Attached is a list of those taking part in today's talks.

CANBERRA 4 July 1968



4 JULY 1968

Primary Industry Group

National Farmers' Union President Mr. F. J. McAvoy

of Australia

Australian PrimaryProducers' President Mr. J. R. McKindlay

. Union

Australian Wool Growers' and President Mr. T. B. C. Walker, O. B. E.

Graziers' Council

Australian Wool and Meat Vice- Mr: L. H; Heaslip, O: Bi E.

Producers' Federation President

Australian Wheat Growers' Vice- Mr. K. McDougall

Federation President

Australian Mining Industry Acting Sir Harold Raggatt, C. B. E.

Council President

Manufacturing Industr y Grou

Associated Chambers of President Mr. W. W. Pettingell, C . B. E.

Manufactures of Australia

Master Builders' Federation President Mr. C. G. Archer

of Australia

Federal Chamber of Automotive Executive Mr. N. W. Lawrance

Industries Member

Commercial Group

Associated Chambers of Commerce President Mr. B. R. Macklin of Australia

Australian Bankers' Association Chairman Mr. C. H. Rennie

Australian Council of Retailers President Mr. T. Luxton, D. S. O. , M. B. E.

Ministers accompanying the Prime Minister at today's discussions were Mr. McEwen, Mr. McMahon, Mr. Anthony, Mr. Hulme, Mr. Fairbairn, Mr. Bury, Mr. Sinclair and Senator Anderson.