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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (1:54 AM) . - I propose to move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to add to sub-item (a), " and on and after 1st July, 1922, electric vacuum tubes, ammeters, and voltmeters, British, 25 per cent., intermediate 35 per cent., and general 40 per cent."

These articles, together with those set out in the previous item, are required to complete the manufacture of all wireless telegraphy equipment within Australia, and I take it that the Minister (Senator Millen) will give a similar assurance, in this instance to that he has given in connexion with previous items.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Undoubtedly; I shall bracket the two together.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - TheAmalgamated Wireless of Australia Limited has been manufacturing wireless apparatus, not altogether from Australian material. During the first few days of the war, they installed several plants for the Navy Department, and the British Government plaoed orders for installations on large numbers of British ships built in Japanese dockyards in connexion with which workmen were sent to install the plants. The firm also supplied requirements for the mercantile marine during the war, also apparatus for the French Government in the Pacific, and for New Zealand, Fiji, and even places so far afield as Portuguese East Africa. During the war, the Navy Department manufactured certain apparatus at their Randwick works, but I understand that that has now been discontinued. On the question of the possibility of manufacturing these goods in Australia, I am hopeful that the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene), when he has returned from a well-deserved rest, will be able to devote serious attention to this matter, and I trust that, ultimately, another link will be formed in the chain which is Australia's first line of military and naval defence. iSenator E. D. Millen. - As I have stated, these two requests will be bracketed.

Item agreed to.

Item 182 (Bolts, nuts, rivets), item 183 (Rivets, bifurcated), item 184 (washers and rivets) agreed to.

Item 185 -

(a)   Brake and plough screws; Music stool, table, roofing, and spiral screws, acf val., British, 271/2 per cent.; intermediate, 35per cent.; general, 40 per cent.

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