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Wednesday, 6 May 1936

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) . - Australian .manufacturers who are in accord with the duties provided in this item do not adopt a dog in the manger policy; they favour the importation of goods which cannot be manufactured economically in this country. I notice that wood-working machines are still on the 'free list, which will prevent their manufacture ' being undertaken- in Australia; i The Postmaster-General (Senator A. J. McLachlan) intimated' that the Chambers of Manufactures had been consulted; .and the committee, of 'which' I was a' member, had not the slightest objection to all of the 137 articles submitted to: it being admitted front Great Britain free of duty. It is only : right that the manufacturers should be given 'some credit for supporting the imposition of duties only on articles which can be manufactured economically in Australia. I understand that the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. White) has agreed to include woodworking machines in the list of articles to be referred to the Tariff Board for further investigation and report.

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