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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) (12:10 PM) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to further amend the item by inserting the following sub-item: -

(b)   Manganese ore, ad val., British, 5 per cent.; intermediate, 15 per cent.; general, 20 per cent.

Manganese ore is extensively used in the manuf acture of steel and manganese iron, and is used extensively throughout the world. It is estimated that about 2,000,000 tons are required to meet the world's requirements, . and as iron and steel works have been established in Australia we shall have to use it.

Senator Gardiner - I rise to order. In sub-item g of item 136 we dealt with high-grade carbon steels and alloy steels containing manganese, silicon, nickel, &c. According to your ruling, Mr. Chairman, we have not been allowed to discuss a sub-item when it has been passed unless by moving for the recommittal of the item. When item 136 was under discussion Senator Senior should have submitted his request, and I maintain that it it is now too late for him to move in the direction he desires.

Senator Senior - On the point of order, sub-item g of item 136 relates only to manganese alloys, and the request I have submitted deals with manganese ore. I am following the direction of the Customs officers, and if Senator Gardiner thinks he knows better than the officials he had better offer his services to the Department. There is a great difference between manganese ore and the alloy in which it may be used.

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