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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - Senator Gardiner is mistaken when he says that this is not a protective duty. The manufacture of articles referred to in this subitem is carried on by quite a large number of firms in the Commonwealth. During the war, the Colonial Ammunition Company started rolling nickel silver sheets, which are being used notably by the Phoenix Manufacturing Company in the production of plated ware, which for quality will bear comparison with any imported plated ware. Each article is stamped with the inscription, " made in Australia." We produce the raw material, and it is only right that we should protect the industry. To some extent, the articles may be regarded as a luxury, and, from the revenue point of view, should bear a duty.

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