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Friday, 18 November 1938

Mr POLLARD (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) - Is it a fact that the Premier of Victoria, the Minister for Agriculture in that State, and the chairman of the Grain Elevators Board, recently made public statements to the effect that the construction of silos in Victoria was being delayed because the Broken Hill Proprietary Company was unable to supply the necessary iron and steel fabricated material? If that is so, does the Prime Minister know what quantity of this material will be required to complete the work, and is it as much as the 24,000 tons which it is proposed to export to Janan?

Mr LYONS - I cannot state what quantity of iron and steel will be required to complete the work referred to, but I assure the honorable member that if it can be demonstrated that this pig iron is needed here, action will be taken to protect Australian industry, no matter what country is affected.

Mr FORDE - By whom were representations made for permission to export pig iron? Is it a fact that the permission given covers the export of a quantity of approximately 300,000 tons? Was an application received from the' Broken Hill Proprietary Company?

Mr LYONS - I cannot immediately furnish the honorable member with the details of the applications, but I shall obtain them.

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