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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator MCDOUGALL (New South Wales) - I was challenged by Senator de Largie to prove a statement. What I said was that these articles have been, and can be, made in Australia. They are not being made in Australia now, simply because the contractors for railway rolling stock are allowed to import them. Years ago, a firm started in Sydney, and made steel axles and wheels too. They have to import the steel bloom and forge the axles. It pays them better to importaxles in a finished or rough condition. I hope that the day is not far distant when they will again be made in Australia. Senator Rae. - Would not a duty help in that direction?

Senator MCDOUGALL - Yes ; but itwould only hinder the present contractors for rolling-stock. I am one of those who stumped New South Wales for months to get a contract let for the manufacture of rolling-stock in that State. One of the concessions which have been allowed contractors is to import these parts of the wheels and axles. I do not intend to oppose, the item.

Senator Rae - Can the wheels be made here, too?

Senator MCDOUGALL - - Yes. . I have seen a locomotive, every part of which was made in Australia years ago by a firm called Vale and Lacey. Senator de Largie bas stated that we know nothing about these matters. I have been engaged in the construction of locomotives androllingstock for a number of years, and know something about them. I do not say that axles are being made now, but they can be, and ought to be, made here, and the day is not far distant when that will be done if the Government in a certain State takes over the industry.

Senator Givens - They never will be made if we do not give a little protection.

Senator MCDOUGALL - They will be made in Australia within a very short time.

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