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Friday, 19 May 1939

Mr GREGORY (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Was the first inquiry by the board held in accordance with the provisions of the Tariff Board Act, which stipulates that it shall be a public and open inquiry at which evidence shall be taken on oath, and that all parties concerned shall have an opportunity to give evidence? If such an inquiry was held, how is it that a report was not forwarded by the board to the Government ? If the report has been sent to the Government, whyhas it not been made available to this House?

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The board undertook, at the request of the Government, a preliminary investigation of the proposal to establish the tinned plate industry in Australia. Following the investigation, the board recommended that it should be asked by the Government to hold an open inquiry. The Government has decided that such an inquiry shall now be held without delay.

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