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Thursday, 3 December 1936


Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - Owing to the rapidity with which these measures are being introduced, it is difficult to grasp the full implication of this bill, but I feel that it may constitute another barrier in connexion with the high protective policy of the Commonwealth to which I am opposed. Undoubtedly there is alarm not only in Western Australia but also in Queensland in regard ro the cement industry.. I have received the following telegram from the Swan Cement Company, Perth-

Advise Tariff Board recommends gazettal cement under sections 4 and 7 on basis 51b. 6d. c.i.f. sterling. This figure definitely too low and impossible for us to meet competition. Nothing less than 50s. c.i.f. sterling will give us fighting chance. Please make strong protest in Parliament remembering our prices to public only bettered by two States in the Commonwealth. We rely on your active cooperation to ensure our existence.

I commend that message to the Minister, and I earnestly trust that in administrating the measure now under consideration he will give to it his most sympathetic consideration.







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