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Wednesday, 14 March 1928

Senator CARROLL (Western Australia) . - This item affects only State governments, because no private firms in Australia use rails weighing 50 lb. and over to the yard. Higher duties on iron and steel have rendered necessary higher protection for other secondary industries, for which iron and steel are the raw products. The Government has not shown that the increases proposed in this item are justified. In addition to a substantial duty the iron and steel industry in Australia has been further assisted by a tremendous bounty. This item will seriously interfere with big railway building schemes so necessary for the development of Western Australia. I should like to have some explanation from the Minister with regard to it.

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