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Wednesday, 25 August 1920

Mr GREGORY - What action has been taken by the Prime Minister's Department to protect the seller or owner of Shy scrap steel or metal in Western Australia? Has - any regulation been passed in reference to the buyer, if there is a buyer - though I am given. to understand that at present there is not - or any regulation or instruction which will in any shape or form protect the seller of scrap steel or iron?

Mr HUGHES - I do not admit that the facts are as stated by the honorable member. In the infancy of every industry, raw material is an essential, and no manufacturer, or intending manufacturer, will sink money unless assured of it. It is not proposed to permit this raw material to be exported when it can be treated and worked up into resultant steel, and made available to the consumers in this country. Iron and steel are the very basis of all industry, and we should be living in a paradise of fools if we permitted the iron and steel referred to to go out of the country when we can manufacture it into its final form here.

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