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Thursday, 25 August 1921


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) . - The evidence given before the Inter-State Commission, shows that the Welsbach Light Company of Sydney were making these mantles prior to 1914, but abandoned the manufacture, giving as a reason for doing so the higher cost of labour and raw] materials, the absence of effective protection, and the restrictions imposed by factory legislation. Somewhat later, a firm called the Incandescent Lighting Plaissety System Company Limited started the manufacture of these articles, but were unable to make a success of lit, and their business was taken over by the PhoenixGas Mantles Limited, which company is now making about 100 gross a, week, or 700,000 mantles per year . The average number of mantles imported yearly during the last six years was about 3,700,000. The local manufacturers, becoming uneasy in regard to competition from Japan and theUnited States of America, petitioned fora higher Tariff. TheFlexiboe Mantle Company applied for a duty of 50 per cent without any preference. The Phoenix Mantle Company asked for a 45 percent. duty, with a preference of 10 per cent. to the United Kingdom. A third firm, the Lighting Supplies Company, imports the fabric cut to size, and assembles the mantles. Their output in 1920 was 1,736 gross. The Phoenix Mantle Company, since the introduction of this Tariff, have placed an order locally for ten additional weaving machiries; and when these are installed they estimate that their output will be 400 gross per week, equal to 20,700 gross per year. The number of employees in the. industry is 165. It will be seen that there is every hope that Australia will beable to supply its own requirements in this respect. ltem agreed to.

Item 207 (Lamps, miners' safety) agreed to.

Item 208-

Manufactures of metals n.e.i., ad val., British, 35 per cent. ; intermediate, 40 per cent. ; general, 45 per cent.







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