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Thursday, 7 May 1936

Senator BROWN (Queensland) . - I understood the Minister (Senator A. J. McLachlan) and Senator Hardy to say that machinery used in the production and refining of sugar is not imported.

Senator Hardy - I did not say that.

Senator BROWN - In 1933-34, the importations were valued at £188, and in 1934-35 at £6,376, of which the United Kingdom supplied £4,353, and the United States of America £2,043. If those figures are correct, machinery used in the sugar industry has been imported, and, under lower duties, the importations will increase.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am informed that 33 per cent, of the £6,376 worth of machinery imported in 1934-35 could not be manufactured in the Commonwealth, and was admitted under by-law.

Senator Foll - The Australian manufacturers must have been satisfied that it could not be manufactured here, otherwise it would not have been admitted in that way.

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