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Wednesday, 24 February 1932

Mr GULLETT - On the 19th February, the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. White) asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   Is it a fact that a New South Wales wiremaking combine, which is protected to the exclusion of imported wire, is " dumping " barbed wire and nails into Victoria and Tasmania at prices less than the combine charges Victorian manufacturers for their wire, because the Victorian manufacturers will not give up their New South Wales and Queensland markets ?

2.   If on investigation this is proved, will the Government consider the removal or reduction of theduty on wire, so that Victorian manufacturers of barbed wire and nails may not be coerced?

I am now able to furnish the honorable member with the following information : -

Preliminary inquiries show that very keen price competition at present exists, and the facts will bo more fully investigated.

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