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Tuesday, 12 June 1928

Mr FENTON (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) - I have received a letter from a big firm of manufacturers in Melbourne in reference to the importation of binder twine from America, a portion: of which reads -

Unless we have the same trouble as last year to fight imported binder twine which, as you know, carries about 10 per cent, duty, we fully expect to be able to improve matters before long. No doubt you are also well aware that last year Australian manufacturers had to compete with 1,000 tons of binder twine imported from America.

I understand that that 1,000 tons of binder twine was dumped in Australia, precluding local manufacturers from marketing their products, and throwing a number of men out of employment. Will the Minister for Trade and Customs take early action to ensure that a similar occurrence does not take place this year?

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