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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - Sub-item b has to do with closejointed and wrought iron or steel pipes. Such products are used in innumerable ways, and in association with numerous industries throughout the country, but the Government intend that they shall bear duties ranging from 27½ per cent. to 40 per cent. ad valorem. I doubt if wrought iron pipes are being manufactured in Australia.

Senator Russell - Oh, yes!

Senator LYNCH - I question whether that is the case in respect of 3½-in. pipes. I have not seen any local products. If the 3½-in. seamless pipe is not produced here, it will be heavily dutiable under this sub-item.However, if the Minister (Senator Russell) gives an assurance that the industry has been established in the Commonwealth, and that such pipes are being actually turned out, I shall withdraw my opposition to the proposed rates, heavy though they are.

Senator Russell - All classes of pipes over 3 inches are being made locally.

Request (by Senator Gardiner) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (B), British, ad. val., 15 per cent.

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