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Tuesday, 8 June 1926

Senator OGDEN (Tasmania) .- I believe that the basic industry of producing iron and steel in Australia should be amply protected. We have the assurance of Senator Lynch that scrap iron is essentia] in the production of the highest class steel. There is no evidence in the Tariff Board's report to that effect, but I should like to know from the Minister (Senator Crawford) if the Broken Hill and Lithgow works use scrap iron in the production of their steel, because, if so, one could understand a desire on their part to crush the smaller foundries, which are practically using nothing else but scrap iron. In the absence of that information, I feel inclined to support Senator Thompson's request.

Senator Duncan - The figures I have given show that those firms do not use scrap iron.

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