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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) . - I am much interested in this industry, which is of much importance to-day and promises to be even more extensive and important in the future. We are told that it gives employment to some 400 men, and, according to Senator Pratten, already £400,000 has been invested. The rate of wages paid is high in comparison .with the rate in similar industries in Great Britain, and the percentage of labour necessary is higher than in any other branch of the iron and steel industry. These facts warrant us in giving this item serious consideration, and I hope that the matter will be decided in the interests of Australian development.

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