Invitation to the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia to Accede to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development.
Invitation to the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia to Accede to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development.

Invitation to the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia to Accede to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development.

Paris: O.E.C.D., 1971. Hardcover. June 7th 1971 signed facsimile of the Paris agreement for Australia to join the OECD, printed in French and English.

Australia took 10 years to reach a decision on membership in the OECD, as some worried that joining what was viewed as a sort of rich country club might not favor the country, especially in terms of trade. Menzies was initially not a supporter, nor was deputy prime minister John McEwen who was particularly vocal in his opposition. Steps began in the late 1960s for Australian membership; the US, the group's largest member was initially not supportive, although all other member nations were. The deputy secretary general at the time was an American, Benson Ellison Lane Timmons, who served in that role from 1967 to 1974.

Large 4to, not paginated [14pp]. Red gilt cloth, title in gilt at front board, marbled end papers. OCLC: 220922491 records one copy. Trove 7494335 records a copy at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Evatt Library. Fine. Item #22358

Price: $175.00

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