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Friday, 15 May 1936

Senator GIBSON (Victoria) .-- Senator Follhas stated a remarkably good case. I am sure that even Senator Leckie can support it, as it would mean that the raw material for the manufacture of motor bodies would come into this country duty free. He is always seeking to have raw materials provided to the manufacturers at the cheapest rates possible; his desires would be achieved if motor-body panels were admitted from the United Kingdom duty free. No independent Australian manufacturer can afford the dies for the pressing of panels, .because the cost is too great. Recently, I read that one manufacturer wrote off £100,000 worth of dies because the change of patterns in motor vehicles had made them obsolete. Many British firms are complaining that they cannot get bodies built in this country. The manufacturers of the Morris, Wolseley, Hillman, Standard, Singer, Crossley, Riley, and Armstrong Siddeley cars are complaining.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - When did the Armstrong Siddeley people complain? They supplied me with a car and a body in about a fortnight afterordering.

Senator GIBSON - The cars that I have mentioned are good cars, and if immediate delivery could be guaranteed' more of them would be sold. I understand that orders placed now for some makes of British cars cannot be fulfilled" until next September. The request is a reasonable one. The raw material for the making of panels is not obtainable in.

Australia; and by allowing it to come in, as requested by Senator Johnston, body building in Australia will be encouraged.

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