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Wednesday, 7 December 1960

Mr OSBORNE (Evans) (Minister for Air) . - in reply - Mr. Deputy Speaker, reference has been made by the honorable members for Lalor (Mr. Pollard) and St. George (Mr. Clay) to some recent difficulties of the manufacturers in Australia of certain grades of furnishing fabrics. The manufacturers recently represented to the Government that there has been a recent trend towards the import of heavier man-made fibre fabrics and that in consequence the level of protection on their goods was now inadequate. My colleague, the Minister for Trade (Mr. McEwen), has referred again to a deputy chairman of the Tariff Board for advice as to whether emergency action or the imposition of a temporary duty under the new provisions recently enacted by Parliament would be justified.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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