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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I cannot say that all the items mentioned are made in Australia, but all the main lines are; and some of these form an important part of the engineering business of the country. Marine engines and boilers, steam engines, gas engines, oil and petrol engines, and pumps of all descriptions are made here, and honorable senators must know of many factories where they are turned out. Since the original duties were imposed we have put duties on iron products which form the raw material of the industry covered by the item ; and I submit that some reasonable allowance must be made on that account. The placing of duties on iron and steel increases, for the immediate present, at any rate, the cost of this raw material, and it is only reasonable to compensate for that by some slightly-increased duty on this item.

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