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215 Cablegram From Menzies To Mcewen

24th June, 1957



High Commissioner has received the following telegram.


The Rayon Weaving Association at its annual general meeting in
Manchester today instructed me to express too its deep concern,
which cannot be over emphasised, at the prospect of British
textiles being ousted from Australian markets by Japanese textiles
under the new trade treaty contemplated by the Australian and
Japanese Governments. Not only will this inflict the most serious
injury on us in the British textile industry but any appreciable
reduction in British exports to Australia is always likely in the
course of events to lead to a reduction in Australian exports to
Britain. We find it hard to understand that the Australian
Government should adopt a policy of showing such marked preference
for trade with Japan to trade with Britain and we urge the
Australian Government most earnestly to reconsider so injurious a
step. Marwick Director.


I think it is important that I be clear on this subject and I
should like an appreciation of it which I could refer to if

[AA : A1838/283, 759/1/7, vi]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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