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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) . - I remind honorable senators that, with the object of protecting the local industry against outside competition, we have already agreed to a fairly high duty on pig iron; but in this item it is proposed to allow free importations of scrap iron which is used in most countries of the world instead of pig. iron. Throughout the world, as a result of the war there are large stocks of scrap iron, and it is more than likely that much of it will be imported in large quantities to Australia. Therefore, it should bear the same duty as pigiron, because it is used for the same purpose. I move -

That, the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, general, per ton, 40s.

If the request be agreed to I shall move a request for the British duty to be 20s., and intermediate Tariff, 30s.

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