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Thursday, 18 August 1921


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - The request which is now before honorable senators is that which we have been debating all the morning. Senator Elliott supplied evidence that these goods are coming here from Switzerland, and we have grounds for suspecting that they are really coming from Germany. In the circumstances it has been thought well, before the proposed deferred duties hecome operative, to impose " duties upon foreign importations of these goods. The firm to which I have made reference intend to manufacture these goods in connexion with the manufacture of copper, brass, 'bronze, -zinc, and nickel goods. Their 'factory is already estimated to be worth £60;000, and it is the intention of the firm to spend another £60,000 in con,nexion with the manufacture of these aluminium goods. They expect, soon, to be able to go right ahead with- the develop-, ment of the industry. Therefore, we propose to give them the necessary protection. "We do not want to tax the people of Australia until we are .in a position to provide for the whole of our own requirements from local sources, hence this special provision; but we will not hold the manufacturers up for the periodstated. As soon as they are in a position to supply, we shall bring this provision into force. In the meantime, to prevent dumping, we impose the duty.







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