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Tuesday, 6 December 1938

Mr NAIRN (Perth) .- There are two different ways of protecting an industry, one by means of a duty and tho other by means of a bounty. In this instance, we have adopted the principle of a bounty. A subsequent government may decide that the other form of protection is the more desirable, and may introduce a duty. In that event, protection will be afforded by the duty and the necessity for the bounty will cease. This, therefore, is a necessary provision that, if a duty is imposed, then to the extent of the duty the bounty shall bo withdrawn.

Mr Curtin - But the honorable member will recognize that by the imposition of the duty, the costs of all newspapers in Australia, except those composing the paper pulp company concerned, will be increased.

Mr NAIRN - But this bill represents a compromise made by tlie Government for the purpose of protecting the new industry, and at the same time not increasing the price which the newspapers will have to pay for newsprint. We cannot bind future parliaments or governments. It may be necessary in the future, in the interests of the finances of the Commonwealth, to alter the provision, and in that case, if a duty is imposed, then necessarily the bounty will be proportionately reduced.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 9 to 11 agreed to.

Clause 12-

The Minister may withhold the whole or any portion of the bounty unless he is satisfied -

(a)   that the manufacturer has published an offer containing a provision in accordance with paragraph (b) of this suction, to sell the paper manufactured or to be manufactured by him within four years from the commencement of this act to all newspaper proprietors carrying on business in Australia . . .

(c)   that in the event of the quantity of paper covered by all the acceptances of the offer exceeding the manufacturers' anticipated production, the manufacturer has apportioned the anticipated productionequitably and without discrimination.

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