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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator GUTHRIE (Victoria) . - The contention of Senator Leckie in respect of raw materials purchased in Australia to be manufactured here, appears to be correct. Australian manufacturers using raw materials produced locally have to pay for such materials iti Australian currency, and therefore cannot benefit by the exchange.

Senator Hardy - This item does not. relate to raw materials.

Senator GUTHRIE - I am. referring to the raw material used in the manufacture of bolts and nuts. I do not suggest that the duty is insufficient, because I believe that the firms engaged in the manufacture of these articles are doing exceedingly well, and have not asked for higher protection. We are not right in assuming that local manufacturers are always protected to the extent of 25 per cent, in addition to the customs duties and natural protection in the form of freight, insurance, and such other charges.

Item agreed to.

Items 186, 187, 190, 192, and 193, agreed to.

Item 197 (Spoons, forks, platedware n.e.i.).

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