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Wednesday, 23 June 1937

Senator LECKIE (VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that a consignment of 500 Japanese bicycles - first part of an order for 3,000 - will arrive in Australia during the next fortnight?

2.   Is it a fact that the landed cost of these bicycles is only about 50 per cent, of the wholesale price of the British-Australian article?

3.   Is it a fact that the importing firm plan to sell 15,000 of these bicycles during the year?

4.   If so, will he take steps to prevent the dumping of these goods at prices ruinous to local manufacturers?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answers to the honorable senator's questions: - 1 and 2. No information is available, apart from reports which appeared in the press.

3.   The intentions of the importers have not been communicated to the department.

4.   The matter will receive consideration when the first consignment arrives, and the position is clarified. I have noticed a press statement made by the importing interests to the effect that complete bicycles will not be imported, but that the intention is to import parts and assemble bicycles in Australia in the same manner as existing Australian bicycle builders at present operate.

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