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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) . - The principle involved in Senator Lynch's request is whether we are to give preference to Britain as against the interests of the Australian industry.

Senator J B Hayes - No; preference to Britain as against America.

Senator FINDLEY - The importation of assembled chassis does not provide employment for Australian workmen. I wish again to point out that assembled chassis can be imported from Britain at 5 per cent., whilst unassembled chassis from countries other than Britain or Canada are dutiable at 12½ per cent. - a difference of 7½ per cent. against the Australian industry. To whom should we give preference?

Senator J B Hayes - To Britain as against America.

Senator FINDLEY - Cannot the honorable senator see that in these duties we are giving a preference to Britain by allowing assembled chassis to come in at 5 per cent., and unassembled chassis from countries other than Britain or Canada at 12½ per cent.? It is said that nearly nine-tenths of the motor cars sold in Australia come from countries other than Britain.

Senator Pearce - There is a greater proportion of British chassis assembled in Australia than of chassis from other countries.

Senator FINDLEY - We should agree to the request of Senator Lynch, because it will mean more employment for more Australian workmen, and later, we hope, will lead to the building of the complete car in Australia.

Senator Crawford - The Governmentis strongly opposed to any whittling-down of the British preference.

Senator FINDLEY - I believe that if the request is agreed to it will mean the beginning of a big industry in Australia, and that as our mechanics gain experience, we shall have the motor car industry established in this country.

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