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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- We are indebted to Senator de Largie for uttering a note of warning in regard to Senator Duncan's proposal. The schedule, as it has come before us, provides that scrap iron and steel, and materials for use as scrap iron, shall be admitted free, " as prescribed by departmental by-laws," and I fully anticipated that the Minister (Senator Russell) would give us some explanation as to why the Government placed this limitation upon the free import of these materials, The Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) must have had something at the back of his mind when he added these words. Senator de Largie has probably suggested the reason. I thought' that Senator Duncan would have moved to strike out the words " as prescribed by departmental by-laws.." Evidently he does not recognise what a great bearing they have upon the free admission of scrap iron. If it is essential for the maintenance of our industries that a certain proportion of scrap iron should be made use of, the free admission of the material would be helpful, and not prejudicial, to {hose industries. However, I would like some information from the Minister in reference to the form in which the item appears in the schedule.

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