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Friday, 1 May 1936


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I assure honorable senators that the Government is expediting steps to procure a. research vessel, with the idea of exploiting local fisheries. However, the purchase of that vessel is not relevant to a discussion on this item, which is obviously of only minor importance. Our imports of crustaceans come mainly from foreign countries, principally Japan, which, in the last year for which records are available, supplied us with practically the whole of these imports. But the rate of duty under the general tariff will remain at 4d. per lb. In view of these facts, the speech just made by the Leader of the Opposition is futile. Importations of crustaceans in 1934-35 from the United Kingdom totalled 100 lb., valued at £15, and these were of a special character.

Item agreed to.

Item 91 agreed to.







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