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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator HOARE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - If that is the case, the Australian industry is entitled to high protection.

Senator Payne - Who advocated flooding Australia with glass of Belgian manufacture ?

Senator HOARE - If the Australian industry is properly protected glass produced at the wages I have mentioned need not be imported. There are some who reflect upon the efficiency of Australian workmen; but those controlling this industry have imported experienced operatives from Belgium in order to instruct the Australian workmen in the manufacture of glass. Moreover, Belgian manufacturers produce their own requirements of soda ash, which is one of the most expensive commodities used in the manufacture of glass, at £5 12s. 6d. a ton, whereas the cost of this product landed in Australia is £10 12s. per ton. I intend to support the proposed duty, and thus enable Australian glass manufacturers to successfully compete with those in other parts of the world.

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