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Wednesday, 6 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . --I am confident that Senator Johnston will appreciate a reference which the goldmining industry itself made to the manufacturers of machinery. At the Tariff Board inquiry, witnesses representing both the manufacturers of mining machinery and the mining interests of Western Australia showed a desire to cooperate. In particular the representatives of the mining companies recognized the general quality of the services rendered to the industry by the manufacturers of machinery; and on their part the latter have evinced a desire to assist the development of mining.

Senator Follwas correct in what he said regarding by-law admissions of mining machinery that cannot be produced in Australia at competitive prices. If honorable senators will turn to page 7 of the . Tariff Board's report, they will find that, a request was made that a special item at by-law rates of duty be provided to cover specifically such machines as -

Air or pneumatic hoists for use underground in mines.

Mechanical shovels or loaders for use underground in mines.

Trolley electric locomotives' for use underground in mines.

Diesel and battery locomotives for use underground in mines.

Cone crushers, delivering a product of i inch or under.

Effect has been given to the recommendation of the board, and permanent by-law rates have been prescribed to cover the machines I have mentioned. Senator Foll has commended the Trade and Customs Department for its administration in allowing the importation, at by-law rates of duty, of necessary mining machinery. I therefore suggest that the industry has nothing to fear, and I ask the committee to reject the amendment.

Motion (by Senator Collings) agreed to -

That the question be now put.

Request negatived.

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