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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I wish to say that a large number of these parts are imported containing an infinitesimal proportion pf chromium with the object of knocking the local manufacturer out.

Senator Givens - One-half per cent, would not be an infinitesimal percentage.

Senator FINDLEY - The local manufacturer rightly contends that he is entitled to some measure of protection, seeing that Australia has declared in favour of that policy.

Senator Chataway - Which local manufacturer ?

Senator FINDLEY -The manufacturers, in various parts of Australia. I do not intend to individualize. They have made representations to the Minister of Trade and Customs from time to time.

Senator Givens - I thought this was a proposal to rectify departmental anomalies.

Senator FINDLEY - This Parliament, in 1908, expressed a determination to give protection to a particular industry, and it is not getting it because of a desire of some importers to defeat the object for which the Tariff was framed. An anomaly is thereby created. When Senator Givens says that \ per cent, of chromium will afford adequate protection to local manufacturers, I may say that the officers of the Department, though there is nothing to back up their ruling, have, since the passing of the Tariff endeavoured to insist upon at least J per cent, of chromium in these parts.

Senator Givens - Then my amendment falls into line with the departmental decision ?

Senator FINDLEY - But the manufacturers say that this is not sufficient to give them any relief. If the Committee feel that 2 per cent, is too high, I have only to repeat that we desire some protection, and we prefer J per cent, to nothing at all.

Request agreed to.

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