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Wednesday, 10 May 1939

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - The duty recommended by the Tariff Board in respect of this item is British Preferential, 10 per cent. ; General 25 per cent.

Mr Gregory - The Tariff Board recommended a big reduction of duty on agricultural machinery, but its recommendation has never been given effect-

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Tariff Board has examined the local production costs and the balance-sheets of the company, and is convinced that the Australianmade discs are being sold at a price which permits of little, if any. reduction except through a decrease of raw material prices and labour costs. The fact that approximately one-half of the Australian demand has been supplied by the local manufacturer without any tariff protection, in competition with the principal overseas supplier, indicates that every care has been taken to reduce production costs. The board considers that the imposition of a protective duty is justified, and has recommended the moderate British preferential duty of 10 per cent. Such a duty represents an increase of about 6d. on the landed cost of the 20- inch disc. Protection on this scale should, therefore, secure to the local manufacturer a considerable proportion of the local market.

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