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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - BROCKMAN. - And there is no prospect of making them here.

Senator Pearce - There is.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If there is no prospect of making them here, then the higher duties will pot be levied.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - My concern is not so much for the Melbourne Tramways Board as for the mining industry generally and the safety of the miners whose lives depend upon the ropes used in the mines.' The miners themselves are prejudiced against the use of any ropes except those manufactured by certain firms. In consequence of this strong prejudice miners do not care to trust their lives to experimental varieties of wire rope. I do not blame them. Mr. Cameron has stated in his communication that he was in close touch with these people, who were proposing to manufacture the wire ropes in Australia, and that they did not contemplate the expenditure of the huge sums of money required to turn out the 30-ton lengths used by the

Melbourne Tramways Board, because the demand would not justify the outlay. It stands to reason that this must be so. One has only to look ahead a little and realize that the' cable trams of Melbourne will soon go out of existence, and consequently the only consumers in Australia of wire rope of these lengths will be out of the market. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by leaving out the words " and on and after 1st January, 1922,' ad val., British, 30 per cent.; intermediate, 40 per cent.; general, 45 per cent."

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