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Wednesday, 10 May 1939

Mr WHITE (Balaclava) .- The honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory) believes that these discs are a product of the firm of H. V. McKay. That is not so. The application for this duty was made by a very small factory run by another firm of McKay. I was responsible for the reference to the Tariff Board, and the recommendation that the application be granted. An inquiry was held in 1934, on which occasion the Tariff Board made no recommendation, because it was expected thai overseas prices would rise; but that rise did not take place. A new inquiry was held, in consequence of which the board has recommended that a duty is necessary to protect the industry.

Regarding the remarks of the honorable member for Swan in respect of agricultural implements generally, may I point out that although the report of the. Tariff Board recommended the reduction of the duty on foreign agricultural implements that reduction was refused by the Government. I advised that the recommendation of the board be not accepted. Our trade balance with the United States of America was adverse, and the result of adherence to the higher rates of duty was that the International Harvester Company established a factory in Australia, in consequence of which an additional 500 men are now being given employment. That would not have happened had the policy of the honorable member for Swan and others who believe in low tariffs been approved by this Parliament.

Item agreed to.

Item 172 (a) (Clothes washing machines).

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