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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) . - Sub-item . (i) deals with dry batteries and dry cells. Since the duty on these goods has been reduced, importations have increased from 69,000 to 194,000 per annum. This seems to suggest danger to the local industry. The local manufacturers of dry batteries, like the local makers of sparking plugs, have established a new industry which is struggling to get on its feet. The Ottawa agreement specifically empowers the Government, in the interests of a new industry, to fix the duties higher than they would otherwise be, and I suggest that, until the industry is firmly established, the Government would be justified in proposi"

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