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Thursday, 3 December 1936

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I regret that the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) became so irritable when, by interjection, I attempted to ask a simple question.

Senator Sir George Pearce - There was an avalanche of interjections.

Senator PAYNE - I recognize the necessity for the introduction of this bill and I merely endeavoured to ask whether the Senate will have an opportunity before the present sittings terminate to debate the figure recommended by the Tariff Board. I have the following telegram from the Goliath Cement Company in Tasmania -

Tariff Board's recommendation that local cement manufacturers be prevented from dumping by amendment of Industries Preservation Act on basis price of 51s.6d. sterling c.i.f. Australian ports will not afford us adequate protection particularly in view our transport costs. Price adopted is not based on fair domestic value English cement. Urgently request your support increase basis valuation to minimum of 56s.6d. ton otherwise our industry seriously threatened.

I ask for an assurance that we shall be given an opportunity to discuss the rate of 51s. 6d. a ton c.i.f. Australian ports adopted by the Government. That is a reasonable request, and I trust that it will be granted.

Senator SirGeorge Pearce - The honorable senator can raise the subject on the motion for the adjournment.

Senator PAYNE - Is another bill to be introduced?

Senator Sir George Pearce - Not concerning the decision of the Tariff Board.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Representations can be made to the Minister, who will then decide if they should be brought under the notice of the Tariff Board. There is no need to make such representations, because I know the matter has been discussed, and I am actually responsible for the introduction of this measure.

Senator PAYNE - I have also received representations from the Cornwall Coal Company showing the extent to which that company and its staff is dependent upon the operations of the Goliath Cement Company. Its work is so closely allied with that of the cement company that if the production of cement is seriously interfered with the Cornwall Coal Company will also be affected. I trust that the Government will reconsider the subject and reach a decision satisfactory to the cement industry.

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