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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - Mr. Lysaght, a local manufacturer of galvanized iron, told the InterState Commission that one of the contributing causes to the high cost of the article he ismanufacturing was the price he had to pay for spelter, which was much cheaper in Great Britain than here. We know that an agreement has been made between the Commonwealth Govern ment and the British Government whereby 50,000 tons of the material from which spelter is made is shipped annually from this country to Great Britain. If the British manufacturers are gaining an advantage by that bargain, we are evidently giving them too much preference, to our own disadvantage. In any case, if spelter can be brought out to Australia from the Old Country more cheaply than it can be produced here, surely it is a waste of effort to impose a high rate of duty on this raw material so indispensable in the manufacture of galvanized iron, thereby increasing its cost.

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