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Friday, 15 May 1936

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) . - There is one aspect of this subject which has a very important bearing on the request moved by Senator Johnston. The Ruskin Motor Bodies Proprietary Limited accepted a contract in August, 1935, for the manufacture and delivery of bodies for Hillman Minx chassis at the rate of 40 a week. In this instance, the pressed panels were imported from the United Kingdom, together with certain other parts, with a view to avoiding delay in body production. The price agreed upon exceeded the price paid for the Minx bodies supplied by the Ruskin Company in the 1934-35 season, which, if correct, surely indicates that there is no justification for the duty of 9d. per lb. demanded on the panels. I know that the departmental officers have been in close touch with the manufacturers. Ruskin imported panels and completed the bodies in order to maintain deliveries, and the price was higher than for a complete job. I am willing to hand the documents in my possession to the PostmasterGeneral (Senator A.' J. McLachlan), and perhaps before t..tie debate concludes, the departmental officers will be able to check the statement I have made. Sub-item jb (2) reads - " Pressed metal panels, not fabricated beyond trimming of edges;" and paragraph (2) of the same sub-item - " Pressed metal panels, other ". The former has already been dealt with, but I should lite the Minister to explain the difference between " Pressed metal panels, not fabricated beyond trimming of edges " and " Pressed metal panels, other ".

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