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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) . - Will the Minister inform the committee as to the difference between panels described as " not fabricated ", on which the British rate is 6d. per lb., and those " fabricated ", on which the duty is 9d. per lb. ? Has it been reported to the department that the move of the board to reduce the duty on fabricated panels to 9d. per lb., to assist the British industry, has proved that these panels cost more for the complete body than the locally-produced article? Is it a fact that Ruskin Motor Bodies Proprietary Limited and James Flood Proprietary Limited are both behind in deliveries for firm orders, and have no hope of catching up during 1936?

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - To what makes of cars does the honorable senator refer ?

Senator McLEAY - To British cars; I can supply the names later. Has the department been advised by distributors in various States that they have been compelled to allow the chassis of British cars to go into bond, because they are unable to get deliveries of bodies from the local factories? These charges have been circulated widely, and I think that the department has gone fairly closely into the matter.

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