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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - As Senator Lockie has pointed out, the production of this factory is small. During the last two years importations from Germany have been comparatively considerable; but Germany has always supplied the bulk of the imports of this commodity. Honorable senators will agree that its use in connexion with the drenching of sheep for the cure of liver fluke and worms is most important; also it has a certain significance in regard to defence. Representations have already been made to the Minister who has taken steps in the light of statements made and the attitude of the Defence Department, to refer the matter to the Tariff Board. It will be considered by that body in connexion with another report upon an allied industry. The Government is anxious to enable the pastoralist to obtain his tetrachloride as cheaply as possible, and if the exigencies of defence require that it be produced in Australia, the matter will be reviewed.

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