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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - The Minister's explanation seems to make this proposal quite as clear as mud. There is one definite case of a serious anomaly existing under the Tariff which has been placed before the Department through, I think, three successive Administrations, which is not, so far as I can see, met by this proposal. Bogie wheels for locomotives are admitted if unfinished, on payment of a certain duty, whilst, if they are entirely finished, they are admitted free. There are engineering works in Queensland which turn out something like one hundred locomotives a year. I refer to Walkers' Limited, of Maryborough. They have laid down a plant worth between ^7,000 and ,£8,000, for the purpose of completing unfinished imported bogie wheels. The effect of the Tariff in the past has been that it has been found more profitable for this firm to let their ^"7,000 or £8,ooo worth of machinery lie idle, and import finished bogie wheels from abroad.

Senator Findley - We are not dealing wilh wheels; we are dealing with axles, so that the honorable senator is about as clear as mud also.

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