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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator DEIN (New South Wales) . - I support the request submitted by Senator Herbert Hays, not because I am desirous of injuring a worth-while Australian industry, but because, as I stated a little while ago, figures show that local manufacturers do not value the local market for hooks and slashers. The Tariff Board has, reluctantly, recommended the imposition of this duty covering four types of implements, and while I .am anxious to give a fair measure of protection to the manufacturers of picks and mattocks, I feel that if this grouping system is permitted to remain when the Tariff Board again gives consideration to the item, a reduction of the duty will be recommended. If that happens, the manufacturers of picks and mattocks will lose the benefits of the protective tariff.

Senator Hardy - What would happen if the entire group were co-ordinated?

Senator DEIN - The figures quoted by the Minister show that, with the duty that obtains at the present time, the local manufacturers of hooks and slashers are satisfied to supply only 15 per cent, of Australian requirements. It is clear to me, therefore, that without inflicting an injury on the manufacturers, the duty could he reduced. But the committee would be well advised, when the subject of picks and mattocks is being discussed, to ensure that the duty is sufficient to enable the local manufacturer to remain in business.

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