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Thursday, 13 May 1915

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) . - Only a few months ago, I had an opportunity of visiting, within a few miles of this city, an establishment in which a splendid class of insulators is being manufactured. On that occasion, we were given to understand that the Postal Department intended to increase its purchases, not merely of insulators, but of all other materials which can be manufactured within the Commonwealth, thereby reducing the quantities which have hitherto been imported. I would like to know if the Department is purchasing au increasing quantity of Australian-made material, such as insulators.

Senator Findley - The Department accepted a big contract the other day from a Victorian firm.

Senator O'KEEFE - I am very glad to hear that, though I would remind the honorable senator that Victoria is not the Commonwealth .

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