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Tuesday, 23 August 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) .- This item 162 provides for "ploughs other," and, according to item 17.7, it is proposed to admit free of duty from Great Britain traction engines " of a class or kind not made in Australia." That covers, I understand, cable ploughing engines - that is, engines for ploughs which are worked by means of a a cable. Item 162 covers the special ploughs which are used in connexion with these cable engines.

Senator de Largie - There is no difference between ploughs worked by engines and ploughs worked by other means.

Senator DUNCAN - I understand there is a distinct difference. I am informed that this is a special form of plough for use in connexion with these cable engines, and known as the cable plough. I wish to know whether these ploughs will come under item 162 or under the item which deals with cable engines, which are part of the equipment of the plough?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If the honorable senator is referring to the plough only, I am informed that it comes within the item; that such ploughs are made in Australia, and hencetheir inclusion with other ploughs in item 162.

Senator DUNCAN - I am informed that the ploughs to which I refer are not made in Australia, and the representatives of the Department may -be able to tell us whether that is so or not. A reputable firm of engineers informs me that these ploughs are not made here. Two engines are used to operate this form of plough, with a cable in between. The Minister and the Department have recognised the wisdom of admitting the engines free, but they apparently have overlooked the special ploughs for which these engines are used. This is regarded as an anomaly. It is pointed out that these special ploughs are entirely different from any that are made or are likely to be made in Australia. In form and design they are unlike the ordinary horse-drawn and other ploughs, and in bulk and strength they are entirely dissimilar, they having to withstand an enormous strain. They are not workable except in conjunction with these cable engines which are to be admitted free.

Senator Fairbairn - Not many come here.

Senator DUNCAN - A fair number come. No doubt the ploughs could be made here, but certainly not the engines.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If the ploughs &Te being made here will the honorable senator still stress his point?

Senator DUNCAN - No, I shall not if they are being made here.

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