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Friday, 15 May 1936

Senator FOLL (Queensland) .- I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend sub-item (b), paragraph (2), by adding a new sub-paragraph, viz.: - "(d) As prescribed by departmental bylaws, British free.

The acceptance of this request would place fabricated panels in the same position as panels which are unfabricated, in that, where it could be shown to the satisfaction of the Minister that it was impossible to obtain supplies from the local manufacturers, they could be admitted free of duty under by-law.

Senator A.J. McLACHLAN (South Australia - Postmaster-General [3.19] . - I understand that somewhat different considerations intrude themselves in this suggested admission under by-law, in comparison with those that were raised last night. In this case, more work has been done on the panels. If I allow the request to pass on the voices I reserve the right to recommit the sub-item if, after consultation with my colleague, the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. White) I find that he objects to it. As far as I know at the moment, there is no Objection to it department ally ; but I believe that there are cross currents with . which the officers in Canberra are not familiar.

Senator Collings - There would be less work for Australian employees.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The panels would be admitted under by-law only if supplies of the locallymanufactured article were not available.

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