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Wednesday, 17 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - The duties provided for in subitema will greatly affect the rnining industry. I complain of the way in which information regarding the Tariff has been set before us. It has cost me. a great deal of trouble to ascertain the operation of the 1908 Tariff in regard to these highclass steels. The rates of duty provided for in sub-item g will apply to the highclass steel used in mining plants, which is subjected to great wear and tear. This steel is now made dutiable at 20, 25, and 30 per cent. I propose therefore to move -

That the following new sub-item be inserted: - "Manganese and chrome steel parts, namely, parts made of steel containing not less -than½ per cent, of chromium and 7 per cent, of . manganese, which are used " in grinding, crushing, and pulverizing machinery, free."

I wish to put the metalliferous mining industry in a position to at least hold its own. My State produces about . half of the gold mined in the Commonwealth, and the dry crushing plants, which are in the majority, have to buy high-class steel parts at very high prices, and these parts are subject to great wear and tear.

Senator Russell - The steel covered by the sub-item will be admitted free until it is made in Australia. None is now made here.

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