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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - I think that the proposal of the Minister will obliterate one of the anomalies which this Bill threatened to create. I hold in my hand the following telegram from the Queensland Carriage and Woodware Company Limited -

Tariff anomalies, Item 170E, malleable castings used on Sarven wheels cannot be procured in Commonwealth. Proposed duty will cripple our industry and give American wheels material manufacturers further preference, Sarven wheels material being on free list.

As far as I can gather, the proposal of the Minister is to place malleable iron castings, which were to be dutiable at 1 3/4 d. per pound, upon the free list. If we agree to his proposal, we shall be giving effect to the underlying idea of a Protective policy, which is that encouragement should be given to persons to import articles which cannot be made in Australia.

Senator W RUSSELL (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The malleable castings are the raw material, are they not?

Senator CHATAWAY - They are either the' raw material or the raw material made up into a form in which it cannot be made here.

Senator Needham - The iron castings are being made in Australia.

Senator CHATAWAY - They are not.

Senator Findley - Yes.

Senator CHATAWAY - As the proposal of the Minister will overcome the difficulty mentioned in the communication which I have quoted, I am willing to accept it.

Request agreed to.

Items 175, 178, 187, 190, 191, 195, and 198 agreed to.

Item 200 -

Amend, By inserting in the item a new subitem as follows. : - "(b). Rolled iron and steel as prescribed by departmental by-laws for use in the manufacture of droppers, free."

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