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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) . - Instruments which cannot be, or are not, made in Australia may be imported from Great Britain, free. Many of the appliances embraced within the item are manufactured in this country. Ample protection should be afforded, because their manufacture involves the employment of much skilled labour. Before the war, Britain supplied in one year, for example, £91,000 worth of these instruments, while Germany furnished £20,000 worth. The Government wish to throw open the Australian market solely to British makers.

Item agreed to.

Item 420 (Surgical appliances, n.e.i.), and item 421 (Theatrical costumes), agreed to.

Item 422-

Thermit and other welding compounds; casehardening cements, ad val., British, 20 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 30 per cent.

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