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Friday, 18 November 1938

Mr SPEAKER (Hon G J Bell (DARWIN, TASMANIA) - The honorable member is not in order in speaking of the Government's inconsistency.

Mr GREEN - How does the Prime Minister justify the action of the Government in shutting the door against the export of iron ore from Western Australia while continuing to allow large shipments of pig iron from the powerful iron and steel companies in the eastern States?

Mr LYONS - I am not able to state the actual quantities that have been exported, but I shall obtain the figures for the honorable member. I assure him that there has been no inconsistency, because pig iron differs from iron ore in that it has passed through a process of manufacture which has provided employment for Australians. Moreover, the important aspect of the matter is that only a very small quantity is involved, and it is not likely to interfere with the future requirements of Australian industry. I give an assurance that if these exports do tend in that direction consideration will be given to measures for the protection of Australian industry.

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