83 Cabinet Decision 159

26th October, 1954

SECRET

CANBERRA

Submission No. 153-Import Licensing of Japanese Goods and the proposed Trade and Tariff Talks with Japan [1]

Submission No. 142-Trade Talks with Japan [2]

Cabinet decided to seek the views of the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture and the Minister for Trade and Customs on the proposals contained in this submission-both with respect to import licensing of Japanese goods and with respect to proposed trade and tariff talks with Japan. These views are to be sought as a matter of urgency.

Cabinet appointed a committee consisting of the Acting Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, the Acting Minister for Trade and Customs and the Vice President of the Executive Council [3] to consider the data prepared by the Department of Trade and Customs concerning selected tariff items under which Japan is a significant or potentially significant supplier to Australia. This Committee will begin its examination of this data immediately.

1 Document 81.

2 Document 78.

3 Rt Hon. Sir Eric Harrison.

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