Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Mr. Douglas Anthony, was in London today?
LV Australian Deputy Prime Minister Anthony sitting in chair with interviewer.
CU Mr. Anthony replies to question...
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 2: INTERVIEWER: "Mr Anthony, what assurances do you hope to get while you're here?"
ANTHONY: "I don't know whether I'm going to get any assurance whatsoever, but I'm going to try and put Australia's position as clearly as I possibly can once again I hope to be able to get some consideration during the transitional period for Australia, and I hope to be able to make an impact on the United Kingdom and the Community countries as to the consequences of the impact of Britain's entry to the Community on other agriculture-producing countries."
INTERVIEWER: "Does this mean that you have not been successful in making this impact before?"
ANTHONY: "I don't know how one measures success before any negotiations are concluded, but up to date I would say we haven't had a very warm response as far as Australia's position is concerned."
INTERVIEWER: "The Queensland Premier has spoken today of the callous indifference of Britain. Would you go as far as that?"
ANTHONY: "I haven't see the Premier's statement. I wouldn't like to make a comment on that."
INTERVIEWER: "What is your view of the present way negotiations in Brussels are going?"
ANTHONY: "I think Britain seems very earnest in her desire to enter the Community. As far as Australia is concerned, she feels that it is strong enough and big enough to look after itself. But it doesn't seem to realise the consequences for large communities in Australia which have depended upon sales of its agricultural commodities to its traditional market, the United Kingdom."
INTERVIEWER: "If things do go badly for Australia in the negotiations is there any possibility of reprisals on your part against Britain?"
ANTHONY: "I don't think we're here to threaten the United Kingdom. It's a decision that they have to make for themselves."
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Background: Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Mr. Douglas Anthony, was in London today (Tuesday June 1) to seek protection mainly for his country's agricultural exports if Britain enters the European Common Market.
Before entering into official negotiations, he gave this interview: