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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mr McEWEN (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade) - I understand that there is an adequate supply of electric motors for Australian purposes. I am aware that there has been a substantial decline in imports, but this arises from the development of the Australian industry. I understand that in all the types of electric motors that are required in bulk Australia is now completely self-sufficient and, indeed, we are supplying from domestic production between 75 per cent, and 80 per cent, of Australia's entire requirements in these. This arises from the development of the Australian industry, to which overseas manufacturers have contributed by establishing and developing this kind of manufacture in Australia. Electric motors now being imported are pretty well limited to those of a specialized character.

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