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Friday, 14 September 1928

Mr LISTER (CORIO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the report from the Tariff Board, dated the 11th July last, on the application of British Thread Mills (Australasia) Limited, manufacturers of sewing threads and sewing cottons in Australia, tabled in this House on the 12th instant, recommends a revision of tariff items affecting this industry?

2.   Is it a fact that the protection originally given to encourage the establishment and development of this industry caused no increases in the ruling prices of these goods?

3.   Is it a fact that the protection originally given proved inadequate owing to the severe overseas competition, and is it a fact that unless immediate assistance as recommended by the Tariff Board is made available, this Australian company, which employs 100 hands and pays approximately £25,000 per annum in wages, will be compelled to discharge its employees and close down?

4.   Is it a fact that the company has suffered considerably through the delays in having its applications heard, and the further delay in not having the Tariff Board's recommendations immediately acted upon ?

5.   Will he ask the Government as an urgent matter to pass legislation this session to give immediate effect to the Tariff Board's recommendations, to enable this industry to continue, and still further develop and make it possible for this company to readjust its financial position?

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