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    Mr. Douglas Anthony, Australian Deputy Prime Minster and Minister for Trade, complained in London on?

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    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): Mr. ANTHONY: "Well, the two main products that are of vital concern would be butter and sugar."


    MR. ANTHONY: "Cheese would also be affected as one of the three (INDISTINCT) items, and there are others that would be affected. But theses two could cause such serious disruption within these industries in Australia that it is quiet unsatisfactory for me to (INDISTINCT) over them."

    QUESTION: "Are you confident that sugar in Australia will continue to enjoy the Commonwealth sugar status until December 1974 (INDISTINCT)

    MR. ANTHONY: "I do not think that that is in dispute at all, and the general reaction I had from European countries has been that Britain would certainly have to honour her obligations until 1974."


    MR. ANTHONY: I would hope that there would probably be another three years after that. And if I can just add that priority is given to arrangements whereby a compensating quota is provided within the international sugar agreement."

    QUESTION: "What was Mr. Rippon's reaction to your report that this is what the Six felt?"

    MR. ANTHONY: "Well, (INDISTINCT) is that there is provision to take into consideration the hardship that is created. This is quite a different interpretation to what the original obligations and undertakings to Australia were, and that was they would ensure a transitional period. To merely take hardship into consideration doesn't ensure transition."

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    Background: Mr. Douglas Anthony, Australian Deputy Prime Minster and Minister for Trade, complained in London on friday that "Australia had been singled out to get nothing" during Britain's Common Market negotiations.

    Mr. Anthony was speaking at a Press Conference following his ninety minute meeting earlier with Britain's Common Market negotiator Mr. Geoffrey Rippon.

    He told newsmen that his discussion had been very frank, and that he had left Mr. Rippon with no illusions as to how he felt regarding transitional arrangements for Australian produce. He said that he wanted Mr. Rippon express Australia's case "more firmly that he has done up to now." And he to said that he was concerned that ministers of the Six and Community officials with whom he had talks during his tour of European capitals seemed to have a different interpretation of some of the terms offered to Britain than had the British Government. The differences, he said, were mainly concerned with what would happen to Australian agricultural products during the transitional period following British entry--whether they would be phased out gradually or whether they would just be cut off.

    Mr. Rippon is said to have told Mr. Anthony that provision would be made for hardship. But Mr. Anthony told the news conference that he wanted a clear definition of what constitutes hardship, how it is to be defined, and what is to be done about it.

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