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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - The duties which are to come into operation on and after 1st January next in respect of sub-item a are very high. Sub-item b does not cover larger classes ofpiping, and as the duties are identical, it seems to me that the sub division of the item is unnecessary. I rose chiedy to point out that if any differentiation is to be made it should be in respect of the pipes of small diameter, particularly those used for irrigation purposes.I should like to know what is the position of the industry engaged in the manufacture of these pipes in Australia. Iknow that the class of pipes used in Western Australia are largely if not. entirely imported, and if there is no immediate prospect of their manufacturehere it is a short-sighted policy to impose a duty.

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