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Wednesday, 10 May 1939

The CHAIRMAN - I understand that they are not.

Mr McCALL - I ask the Minister to have the matter reviewed. Dental chairs and hairdressers' chairs are very similar. It is possible to pull teeth from a patient in a barber's chair almost as well as from one in a dentist's chair. In fact, I understand that, in the old days, the one chair was used for the two operations of shaving and tooth-pulling. During the last Tariff Board inquiry, the British manufacturers gave an undertaking that, as their product was dearer, and not coming into competition with the Australian product, the Australian industry would not be affected. The Australian manufacturers accepted the undertaking in good faith, but it was not honoured by the British manufacturers. After the Australian factory has completed some fairly substantial orders for the Sydney University and for the Defence Department, it will be compelled to close down. When the Tariff Board inquiry was held, it was estimated that the total requirements of the Australian market would be not more than 40 chairs a year. In 1937, the Australian factoryproduced 63 chairs, in 1938, 65 chairs, while this year it is estimated that the market will absorb 87 chairs. I ask the Minister to give consideration to my request, because this could become a considerable Australian industry.

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I shall give consideration to the honorable member's request.

Item agreed to.

Division XII. - Hides, Leather and Rubber.

Item 331 agreed to.

Division XIII. - Paper and Stationery.

Items 334, 338, 340 and 346 agreed to.

Division XIV. - Vehicles.

Item 352 agreed to.

Division XVI. - Miscellaneous.

Items 368, 380, 390, 397 and 441 agreed to.

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