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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr Rankin (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) n asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is the Government giving consideration to the encouragement of Australian production of tinplate?

2.   If so, has the Government investigated the effect upon the production costs ofsuch highly competitive export productsas canned fruits, jams,&c. ?

3.   Will the Government take steps to ensure that these export industries are not penalized by the establishment of any such industry ?

4.   Will the proposal be submitted to the Tariff Board for public investigation?

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Prime Minister has undertaken to make a statement to the House at the earliest opportunity with respect to the establishment of the tinned plate industry.

Waterside Industrial Troubles.

Mr Menzies s. - On the 5th May, the honorable member for Denison (Mr. Mahoney) stated that before last Christmas he made representations to the Attorney-General regarding the tying up of the Zealandia by the engineers, but had received no reply thereto.I then promised the honorable member that I would make inquiries into the matter.

I am now in a position to state that, on the 17th January last, I received a telegram from the honorable member asking that action be taken against the chief engineer of the ship. The dispute was one between the Institute of Marine Engineers and the Seamen's Union and was settled on the day the telegram was received by me. Both organizations were quite satisfied with the settlement and, as neither side desired that any further action be taken, the honorable member's request for action was not acceded to.

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