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Thursday, 25 February 1932

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Representations are said to have been made to the Minister for Defence that the manufacture of combs, cutters, and other shearing machine parts at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory should be discontinued. In view of the fact that the output of this plant is of very high quality, and is being retailed at lower prices than those charged for similar imported articles, which enter Australia free . of customs duties, and having regard to the further fact that the industry has the full support of the Graziers Association of New South Wales, will the Assistant Minister for Defence assure the House that the operations at Lithgow will be continued? Will he make available to the House the names of the people who requested the Government to close down the plant?

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