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Tuesday, 10 July 1906

Sir WTLLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - It is the same thing. A large proportion of the goods coming from the United States and from Canada in the way I have mentioned are dumped. This is: not fair to our own manufacturers.

Mr Mcwilliams - Are we to understand that all the agricultural implements sent here from Canada and the United States are dumped?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - The bulk, of the imports in the iron trade sent here from Canada add from the United States are, in my interpretation of the term, dumped, because they are sold at special rates, which are lower than the rafes charged in their own country.'

Mr Kelly - But not lower than the cost of production there.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - That is open to question. I am satisfied that the harvesters sent here at one time were valued at less than the cost of their production. The effect of their being ' so sent here would be. to destroy the local industry. Then, again, particulars and designs of the latest and best Australian ploughs and other machinery invented here are being taken abroad and copied. The harvester is an Australian invention. Manufacturers in Canada and the United States have obtained full information in regard to ploughs and harrows manufactured in Australia, and have copied the designs, and are now sending back implements of their own to seriously interfere with the local business.

Mr Robinson - Disc ploughs are being manufactured here under an American patent.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I have here the report of a secret trial, at which the inventors of these implements were not allowed to be present.

Mr Robinson - Disc ploughs are manufactured here under a licence from the American patentee. A case affecting the manufacture was tried in the Supreme Court, and the evidence of witnesses was taken on oath.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I am not talking about disc ploughs, but of other agricultural implements. The time has come when we must deal with this matter in the interest of our people as a whole. I do not think that the provisions of the Bill will often be put into force, because its effect will be to bring about, to a large extent, the cessation of wholesale dumping such as we have suffered from in the past.

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