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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Minister for Trade) . - by leave - Honorable members will recall that in August last legislation was introduced into the Parliament to enable temporary duties to be imposed to accord interim protection to an industry whilst its case for new or increased protection is being considered under the normal Tariff Board machinery. This legislation was necessary to provide relief to an industry which could demonstrate that, unless holding action were taken, it would suffer serious damage pending the normal inquiry and report by the Tariff Board.

After receiving representations from a panel representing the manufacturers of flax canvas, I referred to the Tariff Board on 2nd November, 1960, for advice by a deputy chairman the question whether temporary assistance should be granted to the industry. In his report the deputy chairman has concluded that the industry would not suffer serious damage before the board's report, resulting from its full inquiry, could be received and considered by the Government. The Government has accepted the deputy chairman's recommendation and, accordingly, action will not be taken to accord interim protection to the flax canvas industry.

Typed copies of this report have been circulated for the information of honorable members. I lay on the table the following paper: -

Tariff Board - Report of Deputy Chairman - Flax Canvas Industry - and move -

That the paper be printed.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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