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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) . - I support the request, and would have agreed to a. still higher duty. During the years- of the war, Australian spotted gum and ironbark practically took the place of imported timber for hubs. Statistics show a tremendous increase in importations since the war; Senator Lynch has already mentioned the approximate, totals for the past two years. I understand that no complaint was made during the war period concerning the Australian woods, but, at the present time, unfortunately, sales of hubs from local timbers have fallen off. One factory in Victoria, which in January last was employing forty-six hands on full time, is now working with only twentythree employees four days a week

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the proposed increase seriously interfere with coachbuilding ?

Senator ELLIOTT - If American hubs continue to be dumped here, and local factories are compelled to restrict activities, the coachbuilder will be able for the time being to get his supplies at lower rates; but the eventual effect of the crushing of the Australian industry will be to give importers an opportunity to enforce high prices under cover "of a monopoly.

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