Hon. Gordon Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to inform the house that we have just been advised of new measures of relaxation on imports into Australia from Canada and other dollar countries and as a result, effective yesterday, imports into Australia from Canada of most capital equipment, electrical machine apparatus and appliances are now given equal access to the Australian market in competition with all other suppliers under the Australian import controls. Canadian exports of these products to Australia have been faced with discriminatory restrictions. With the removal of the discrimination in this field we are hopeful that Canadian exporters will be able to increase their shipments to Australia.
Total Canadian exports of the type of products affected amounted to some $40 million last year, of which about $1 million went to Australia. In addition, a number of items have been completely removed from import controls in Australia, including magnesium.
These new measures by Australia are a welcome move in the direction of improved access for Canadian exports to the Australian market, and should make an important contribution to a further strengthening of the trading relations between our two countries.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF RELAXATION OF IMPORT CONTROLS