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Wednesday, 17 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives he requested to make theduty, sub-item '(d), paragraph 1, British, . per ton, 55s.

Black sheet iron is a commodity largely used throughout the Commonwealth, and, according to the Inter-State Commission, only one firm asked for a dutyon it. 'The Commission's report says -

Messrs. G. and C. Hoskins Limited, of Lithgow, are the only applicants for a protective duty.

Dealing with galvanized iron, the same report says -

Up to the present, Messrs. G. and C. Hoskins Limited, of Lithgow, have been the only firm that has manufactured galvanized iron, and asks for a duty.

With regard to the manufacture of blooms, the report says -

Messrs. G. and C Hoskins Limited, of Lithgow, were the only applicants for a protective duty.

And so in regard to angle irons. That one firm is the only applicant for a duty on iron goods at four successive stages of manufacture, and must be remarkably influential, because if has succeeded in getting the Government to propose rates far in excess of what it wanted. I desire to give the small manufacturers who use this iron as their raw material the chance to get it cheaply. The duty that I propose is above the rate recommended by the Inter-State Commission in . 1916, when the war was at its height.

Question put. The Committeedivided.

Ayes . . ... 9

Noes . . . . . . 17

Majority ' . . . . 8



Question so resolved in the negative.

Request negatived.

Senator Gardiner - Seeing that Senator Lynch has not succeeded with his moderate request, I desire to move in the direction of admitting British products free.

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