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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) (Honorary Minister) .- The deferred duties on metal cordage have been partially deferred from time to time, but now operate in regard to all metal cordage except lock coil rope, as used in mines for hauling up heavy loads, and cable having a circumference of 4 inches and over for cable tramways. The manufacture of wire rope in Australia is now firmly established at Newcastle, but there are certain types which are still not being made here, and probably will not be produced for some considerable time. In order that these special types, namely, lock coil rope for mines, may be admitted free from the United Kingdom and 10 per cent, under the general tariff, a new subitem, providing for admission under departmental by-laws, has been provided for such ropes as are not commercially manufactured in Australia. What is now proposed is that the manufacturers of wire ropes in Australia shall receive the protection under the tariff, but provision is made for the free admission of the types of metal cordage which the Australian manufacturer is unable to commercially produce. This will ensure the cost of wire ropes being kept down to the minimum, and that users will not be needlessly burdened with the extra duty where no benefit can arise to the local industry. Before any ropes are admitted under sub-item b of this item, the Australian manufacturers will be consulted as to their ability to produce them.

Senator Lynch - Then I understand that ropes used for mining purposes will be exempt?

Senator CRAWFORD - Yes ; this subitem practically gives what is needed for mines.

Item agreed to.

Item 392 (Yarns).

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