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Thursday, 4 May 1939

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - I have listened with a great deal of interest to the complaint that has been voiced by the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Holloway), and I assure him and honorable members generally that I shall take upon myself the responsibility of makin? the very fullest investigation of the allegations which have been levelled against a certain manufacturing firm operating in this country and enjoying a very considerable measure of tariff protection. I take the view that any firm enjoying such protection has a very real obligation to this country and to the people whom it serves to respect not only the letter, but also the spirit of the law which gives it tariff protection. I assure the honorable member that I shall take such steps as are necessary and within my power to sec that firms enjoying a generous measure of tariff protection shall utilize such protection not only for their own profit but also in the general interests of the industrial development of this country.

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