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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Before recording my vote on this item, I desire further information concerning the wire-netting industry. I do not know if the works are under the same proprietary, but an industry on the .Parramatta River conducted by Lysaght Brothers and Company has been producing wire netting .for at least thirtyfive years, and I desire to know the incidence of the duty on the wire they will have to use. Perhaps the Minister (Senator' Russell) will enlighten the Committtee in regard to the effect of the proposed duty on this industry. I do not think that the whole of the wire netting required in Australia will be manufactured by the Newcastle firm, because, as I have mentioned, Lysaght Brothers and Company, which is not the same firm as that producing galvanized iron, have been manufacturing wire netting for a long time under the old Tariff. The Minister said that we were now in the position when the duty imposed on the wire is higher than that suggested on wire netting. This is not a new industry in Australia, and I am anxious to ascertain how Lysaght Brothers and Company, of Sydney, who use a lot of wire, will be affected.

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