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Tuesday, 23 May 1939

Mr PATERSON (Gippsland) . - I should like the Minister's confirmation of my interpretation of the implications of Clause 5, 1 c, which readsarrangements for the establishment or exten sion of industries for purposes of defence.

I understand the words "extension of industries " to apply to " annexes ", but the " establishment " of factories may refer to some which are entirely a new industry, or industries, which may be set up here for the purposes of defence. If the Government decided to establish some such new industry, and considered it necessary to impose higher duties than now exist, I understand that in accordance with the Tariff Board Act it would be required to submit the proposal to the Tariff Board for recommendation and report before it could legally increase the duty? Will the Minister say whether or not that is a correct interpretation of the position?

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