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Thursday, 10 June 1926


Senator PLAIN (Victoria) .- The request submitted by Senator Duncan is the most reasonable suggestion that has been brought forward in this committee for an alteration of the schedule before us. The manufacture of batteries m Australia means a great deal to the motor car trade. We have people here who are anxious to push on with the manufacture of these batteries, and during the short period in which they have been operating they have made considerable progress. Furthermore, they have reduced the price of a battery in some instances from £11 to £6. I am sure Senator Crawford views the request as a reasonable one. If the alteration is made, it will be of considerable benefit to an Australian industry which is producing an article that meets the requirements of trade generally in competition with other countries. I hope to see this industry prosper to such an extent that in the near future every motor car in Australia will be fitted with an Australian-made battery.







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