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Friday, 27 August 1937

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - On the 25th August Senator E. B. Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice : -

1.   Has the attention of the Government been drawn to a speech madeby the Honorable G.J. W. Miles. M.L.C., in the Western Australian Parliament (reported in the West Australian of the 12th instant) criticizing the reported attitude of the Federal Government towards the development of the iron deposits at Yampi Sound?

2.   Is it a fust, as suggested, Unit the Federal Government has refused the remission under by-law of duties on any of the machinery required forYampi?

3.   Is the Minister in a position to relieve any anxiety which exists in Western Australia us to the Government's intentions in this matter ?

The Minister for Trade and Customs has furnished the following information: -

1.   Yes. 2 and 3. About three years ago a joint Japanese-Western Australian deputation waited on the Minister for Trade and Customs and requested the exemption from customs duties under by-law of machinery and equipment of Japanese manufacture which might be imported for use in the development of iron ore deposits at Yampi Sound. The granting of concessions such as that sought is subject to the condition that plant or equipment of the class or kind of that to he imported is not being commercially manufactured, firstly, in Aus tralia, and, secondly, in the United Kingdom. In view of the general nature of the request, and of the probability that much of the plant would be of a class or kind capable of commercial manufacture in Australia and the United Kingdom, the request was refused by the Minister. No specific request for by-law concession has since been received. Any such specific request would, if made, be dealt with in accordance with the general principles governing the granting of by-law concessions.

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