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Wednesday, 3 May 1939
Page: 35

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Although some reports indicate that certain manufacturing companies are making excessive profits, the Government is convinced that the majority of manufacturers are making only fair and reasonable profits, and are not taking undue advantage of the protection afforded by the tariff. The Government, however, is examining the position in respect of the alleged misuse of the tariff with a view to action being taken if it be found that a case exists for reference to the Tariff Board for inquiry under section 15 (1) (h) of the Tariff Board Act 1931-1934, which provides -

(1)   The Minister shall refer to the board for inquiry and report the following matters: -

(h)   any complaint that a manufacturer is taking undue advantage of the protection afforded him by the tariff, and in particular in regard to his -

(i)   charging unnecessarily high prices for his goods; or

(ii)   acting in restraint of trade to the detriment of the public; or

(iii)   acting in a manner which results in unnecessarily high prices being charged to the consumer for his goods.

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