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Wednesday, 6 May 1936

Senator GIBSON (Victoria) .- The subject before the committee is of even greater importancethan the importation of harvesters. The parts covered by this item are not for replacements of machines now being imported, but are for machines which came here before the manufacture of agricultural machinery was undertaken in this country. Senator Brown . has told us that the life of a harvester is twenty years. A man who is hard up and consequently not able, to buy new machines, may require parts for his old machines. . He should not be penalized. These parts are not made in. Australia. .

Senator Hardy - That ismy point.

Senator GIBSON - Throughout Australia there are many agricultural machines which have notbeen, made in this country. If the higher duties are retained, the primary producers who bought those machines,'' in some cases many years ago, will be perialized.Senator Johnston's desire is to help the poor man who is seeking to carry on with old machines because he cannot afford to buy new ones."

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The duty in the schedule was inforce in 1928.

Senator GIBSON - That may be ; but ever since that year efforts to alter it have been made.

SenatorCOLLINGS-Parts for those old machines can be made by almost any blacksmith.

Senator GIBSON - The reason why spare parts for agricultural implements are so costly is that spares aire not carried in. country centres, and must therefore be. obtained from the capital, cities. Whena machine breaks, down, a. new part. has to be ordered from, the city. As prompt delivery is of prime importance, theorder is usually sent by telephone, or, telegram and the parts are forwarded by either post or passenger 'train. The cheaper the cost of replacements,; the better for the hard-up man in the Mallee, and the man: with the old machinery. A reduction, of the duty would not benefit the man who has. modern machines. The amount involved in Senator Johnston's request is under £3,000 per annum, and I hope that the Minister will accept the request.

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