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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - A consignment of 5,000 tons of cement was ordered by the Western Australian Government and the initial supplies commenced to arrive in March last. The reasons given by the Western Australian Government for placing cement contracts overseas were that owing to the shipping strike and the fact that the Western Australian cement manufacturer was unable to supply the full Government demand, supplies had to be imported from the United Kingdom. Failure on the part of the Western Australian Government to obtain supplies would have resulted in holding up certain works construction programmes and this would have necessitated the dismissal of a large number of employees engaged on these works.

An importer's transactions with the department are kept confidential and the detailed information requested cannot be furnished. It can be said, however, that no shipment of cement imported up to the present could have been landed on a duty-free basis but with 5 per cent. primage chargeable at a lower figure than that which the Tariff Board states would permit of profitable sale by efficiently conducted factories in Australia.

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