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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator DEIN (New South Wales) . - I share the view expressed by Senator Herbert Hays. The Minister told us this morning that the local manufacturers supplied 50 per cent, of the demand for picks and mattocks, and 15 per cent, of the demand for hooks and slashers. This suggests that they are not particularly anxious to secure the market for hooks and slashers, preferring to cater for the demand for picks and mattocks. This being the case, it is only reasonable that the duties on hooks and slashers should be lowered in order that the users of these articles may obtain them at a reasonable price.

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