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Friday, 19 May 1939

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - Why is it necessary to have a second inquiry into the matter when, on the Minister's own statement, it has already been considered from all aspects?

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I refer the honorable member to theseveral answers I have already given.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - Will the Minister state whether any motive other than that of a mere desire to cause delay lies behind the Government's intention to refer the question of the tinned plate industry a second time to the Tariff Board?

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The preliminary inquiry made by the board was not so searching or complete as the proposed open inquiry will be. I said that the board considered the matter from all aspects, and so it did, but the preliminary investigation wasnot so thorough as was considered necessary by the Government. Following requests by interested parties in Great Britain and in Australia for a fuller and open inquiry, the Government decided to ask the board to make such an investigation. Furthermore, the Government has taken every possible measure to ensure that as little delay as possible will follow its decision to hold a second inquiry. It has asked the board to do so immediately, and to submit its report at the earliest possible opportunity.

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