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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) (1:47 AM) . - The Minister for Trade and Customs is already engaged in an inquiry of the nature desired by Senator Payne, as representations have been made to him direct. Towards the end of the war Accumulators Limited, Sydney, established a factory and started the manufacture of these articles. They are making accumulators, or storage batteries, for municipal councils and for train, tram, and house lighting, also for motor car starting and lighting batteries. A second firm, the Doherty Storage Battery Company, Sydney, are making similar batteries, and a third firm, the Champion Electrics Limited, is also engaging in manufacture. The output of the Australian manufacturers is from £60,000 to £70,000 yearly, and about 60 hands are employed. Wages paid are from £10,000 to £12,000 yearly. It has been upon that information that the Minister for Trade and Customs has shaped the Tariff, but I repeat that counter representations have been made which the Minister is now examining.

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