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