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Wednesday, 19 September 1928

Mr COLEMAN - I ask the PostmasterGeneral if his attention has been directed to the strongly-worded protest contained in the Australasian Manufacturer of the 25th August last,, which reads -

The Australian Manufacturer has published many exposures of trade intrigue, but the amazing story of the Postmaster-General's boycott of Australian-made telephone parts is quite unique. The worst freetrade member of a rabid freetrade government never did anything more audacious.

The article goes on to say that when a local industry offered to manufacture certain ringing and listening keys -

Mr Speaker - Order !

Mr COLEMAN - I ask if it is a fact that when an Australian industry offered to make a ringing and listening key for 3s. lOd. - the material and labour of which alone would cost 3s. - because the importers sold it at that price, the department informed the manufacturers that it had another offer at 2s. 9d. Is it a fact that, when a strong protest was made on this matter, the Postmaster-General -informed the protesting parties that the dumping provisions of the Australian Industries Preservation Act do not apply to departmental importations.

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