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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria)

It may interest Senator Gardiner to have the importations for the last two years. In 1920, 285,000 hickory spokes, valued at £6,922, were imported ; and in 1921, . 702,542 spokes, valued at £32,175, came into the Commonwealth. As a result of these heavy importations, a factory on the Richmond River in New South Wales, which was partly devoted to the manufacture of spokes from Australian timber, has been compelled to close.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - But the industry has been protected since this Tariff has been in operation.

Senator ELLIOTT - Yes ; but the duty of 15 per cent, was not sufficient. I support the request.

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