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Wednesday, 6 May 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) .-I would like, tohear the explanation of. the Minister in charge of the' bill (Senator, A.J. McLachlan) , in regard to this matter, be6auseitappears to me to be a mostimportant point. which has not received the consideration it deserves. , The purchase of new capital goods from the United States and Canada is not involved; it is simply.a matterof buying, replacement parts to enable the capital goods whichhave already beenpurchased from the United States by Australian agriculturists to be given an extended economic operation .

Senator Collings - The Schedule does not make that plain.

SenatorHARDY-Somehonorable senatorshave stated'that the . parts in question are manfactured only in America andCanada,andhavenever been duplicated. in Australia.Is that correct?Anddoestheitemrelatesimply to replacements of parts on machines, many of which were purchased some years ago? If that is so, I shall not hesitate to support the request. But if the proposal is designed to facilitate the importation of complete machines, which will compete with Australian manufacturers, I shall, in view of the adverse trade balance with the United States and Canada, oppose it. Having regard to the statements made by certain honorable senators who should be well informed upon the subject, because they come from wheat areas, I should like to hear the Minister's explanation.

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