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Wednesday, 9 June 1926

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - The increase proposed in the duties on this item amounts to about per cent, in each column of the tariff. I ask the Minister to review the item. These simple requirements are bearing a wholly unnecessary tax. They are turned out like sausages. No skill is required in their manufacture. Immediately the machine is set for the production of one of these every-day necessities in every walk of life the process of its manufacture goes on continuously. In view of the special circumstances of the case, I trust that the Government will agree to revert to the old rates of duty. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty 27½ per cent. British.

SenatorCRAWFORD (Queensland- Honorary Minister) [10.5]-. - I .cannot accept the request-. The bolts- covered by this item are not forged, but are cut from solid steel. A number- of Australian films have installed' the latest equipment to- enable' them to carry on (his particular industry, but ' with the duty under the previous tariff they are unable- to compete- against manufacturers abroad1. This fs' shown by the fact that in 1923-24 these- articles were- imported to the value of £323,0Q0v which was an increase on the importations of previous1 years. Wages and costs of material in other countries have decreased, whereas in Australia they have increased'.

Senator Ogden - That is a neverending excuse.

SenatorCRAWFORD.- Not necessarily. Australian manufacturers have to meet increased costs, and it is necessary to afford them increased protection.

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