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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr SCULLIN - For obvious constitutional reasons I could not make the definite promise that differential treatment would be accorded to any one State, but I did reply sympathetically to the request of the honorable member for Swan and others representing "Western Australia that fertilizers which could not be made in the Commonwealth should be admitted free of duty. I promised that the Government would deal with each shipment on its merits, and that requests from Western Australia would, because of its situation, receive special consideration. That was ;i3 far as any government could go. Some shipments have been admitted free of duty, and we have since received communications which indicate that they are competing with local industries. These representations are being checked by the Customs Department and when complete information is available I shall let the honorable member have it.

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