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Tuesday, 12 July 1904

Mr WATSON - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

On the 4th July, 1902, the State Premiers were furnished with a copy of section 3 of the Manufactures Encouragement Bill, as amended by the House of Representatives, and were asked whether, in the event of the measure becoming law in its then form, there was any probability of their respective Governments taking advantage of its provisions?

The State Premiers replied that there was no probability of advantage being taken of the provisions. of the Bill.. The Premier of New South' Wales added that his Government favoured the encouragement of private enterprise by ' both duty and bonus, and would be pleased to support any action taken by the Commonwealth Government in that direction.

On 15th June, 1904, the Premiers of the States were asked whether the replies to the Prime Minister's letter of the 4th July, 1902, embodied the present views of their several Governments?

Replies have now been received from the Premiers of Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania, intimating that they retain the views expressed in their previous communications.

Replies have not yet been received from New South Wales and West Australia, but the Pre'miers of those States have been asked to expedite the matter.

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