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Tuesday, 8 June 1926

Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - In reply to Senator Elliott's inquiry concerning the cost, I should like to say that all manufacturers add the duty to the cost of their machines, and when duties are decreased or removed prices are reduced accordingly. If the 10 per cent, preferential duty is removed as is suggested, the dairymen will benefit. In the past, Swedish manufacturers have produced a machine that is pre-eminently satisfactory, and naturally Australian dairymen are likely to continue using machines which have always given satisfaction. I yield to no one in my desire to assist British manufacturers, but we have also to consider the interests of Australian dairvmen. I believe that the Minister is correct in saying that the dairymen will benefit under this proposal, and in this instance I intend to support the Government.

Request negatived.

Item agreed to.

Item 174 (Machine tools and appliances for use in connexion therewith).

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