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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator EARLE (Tasmania) (1:11 AM) . - I am glad that the Minister has submitted this request. I presume that these, like all other deferred duties, will be subject to clause 11, and if satisfactory provision has not been made for the construction of ships in Australia on the date named, the duties will be further deferred. I understand that some of the shipping companies are rather concerned as to their operation. They do not .consider that the shipbuilding industry in Australia has sufficiently advanced to warrant the placing of orders with shipbuilders here, and they think that this provision may considerably restrict their operations. I am sure there is no likelihood of any trouble in that direction, and that if on the date named it is found impossible to have ships built in Australia at a reasonable price, the Government under the powers vested in- them by clause 11 of the Bill will further defer these duties.

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