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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - Aluminium in blocks is free under sub-item a, and the raw material for aluminium wire is provided for in the Minister's proposed deferred duties, under winch the British Tariff will be 25 per cent. ; the intermediate, 35 per cent. ; and the general, 40 per cent. Aluminium wire is made from rods in just the same way as ordinary- fencing wire is made from steel rods. Therefore, the duty will interfere with the manufacture locally of aluminium wire, which in sub-item b is listed at 10 per cent. If the Minister will include aluminium wire in the deferred duties at the samerate as- angles, bars, sheets,&c., I shall be satisfied.

Senator Russell - I agree that that ought to be done, and before, the Bill leaves the Senate I shallhave the subitem recommitted in order to include aluminium wire in the deferred duties.

Item agreed to subject to requests.

Item 138 (Antimony), item 139 (Brass, Britannia metal, &c.), item 140 (Copper), item, 141 (Lead sheet and lead piping), item 142 (Platinum), agreed to.

Item 143-

Scrap iron and steel ; materials for use as scrap iron, as prescribed by departmental bylaws, free.

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