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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- The InterState Commission recommended duties of 35 and 45 per cent., but since that recommendation was made the position has entirely changed. The Commission stated that the necessary raw material, in the shape of pig iron, must continue to be imported for some time, and that the tyres for the wheels must still be made' abroad, but the Broken Hill Proprietary Company and Hoskins Limited are now producing all the pig iron required, and the manufacture of wheels and tyres has been undertaken by a number of Australian firms. For instance, Thompson and Company, of Castlemaine, have established a plant in which they specialize in steel tyres, and they have met with conspicuous success; the Commonwealth Steel Products Company, Sydney, has invested nearly £190,000 in works for the production of wheels, tyres and axles; Hadfields Limited, of Sheffield, England, have arranged with the Australian Electric Steel Company to manufacture tyres with steel centres as well as other railway material. The capital involved will run into something between £300,000 and £500,000. In view of the establishment of these industries, and the prospect that Australia will soon be able to produce all local requirements in these lines, the protective duties have been imposed. Prior to the war, we were entirely dependent on oversea supplies.

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