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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2027

Senator BESSELL (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Customs and Excise. It relates to the Australian marine engine industry. I ask: Will the Government consider taking any steps possible to assist this industry to remain viable by using the locally made products instead of the fully imported units which are now entering this country free of tariff, not only as this exacerbates the employment situation but also because, should any international situation arise when such imports would be not longer available, the necessary expertise also would not be available? As many Federal and State government bodies have a need for marine engines the use of locally made units would greatly assist the industry to remain in a viable situation.

Senator MURPHY -I would like to give the honourable senator a full reply to this question. I notice that one of the documents which I have to table today deals with diesel engines. I do not know whether that enters upon the subject which he raised. But certainly the other aspects he has mentioned deserve a full reply. Embodied in the question were some matters which I would not fully accept. Because I do not want to give a partial answer- I prefer to answer the question fully- I ask the honourable senator to put the question on the notice paper.

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