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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) . - I am grateful to- the Minister for having read those extracts from the report of the Tariff Board, because I think that they substantiate my argument, rather than the remarks of Senator Leckie.

Senator Hardy - Could the honorable senator follow the arguments of Senator Leckie ?

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES - I do not agree with them, and I am not sure that I followed them in their entirety. I try to consider tariff matters regardless of individuals or firms, and I am not here to push the barrow of any section or interest. Senator Arkins suggested that I had made an attack on one particular firm, the name of which he mentioned, and I am ashamed to say that I am so ignorant that I did not know that such a firm even existed. I have no animus against that firm, or against the industry. I say, however, that, in my opinion, the amount of assistance which the industry is receiving seems to me excessive rather than, as the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) said, inadequate. In addition to the advantage derived from the tariff, the local manufacturers enjoy the goodwill of the business. It is obvious that the average Australian, other things being equal, is likely to buy from an Australian firm rather than from overseas firms; and if it is a fact, as Senator

Arkins says, that the quality of the Australian product is superior to that of the imported article, that would be an added incentive to consumers to use the local product.

Senator Arkins - There is apparently some confusion about the firm of McPherson Proprietary Limited. They are the people who produce bright nuts and bolts.

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