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Thursday, 1 October 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answers: -

1.   Five thousand tons of cement were imported by the Western Australian Government for urgent public works owing to the Western Australian cement manufacturers being unable to supply and the eastern States' manufacturers being prevented from supplying owing to the existence of coastal shipping trouble at the time of the placing of the orders. Apart from the 5,000 tons mentioned, there has been only one importation of importance, namely. 3,000 tons imported, per the Brattdal, towards the end of August.

2.   In cases where shipments land at prices which are detrimental to the Australian industry, deposits of duty to cover any possible dumping duty are being required pending inquiry by the Tariff Board.

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