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Wednesday, 31 August 1960

Mr TURNER (BRADFIELD, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Trade. Has the Minister's attention been directed to a report that when certain tenders were recently submitted to the Sydney County Council, it was found that porcelain insulators imported from Japan, France, England and New Zealand were cheaper than the Australian-made product, even after the prices of the imported articles had been adjusted under the provisions of the New South Wales Local Government Act, which provides for preference to local industry and which requires local government bodies in that State to add up to 30 per cent, to the tender prices of imported foreign goods and 10 per cent, to the tender prices of British goods in order to make a comparison with the prices of Australian products before the acceptance of tenders? I ask the Minister whether he considers that the Australian tariff and tariff procedures are adequate, or whether he considers that they are not adequate, to afford due protection to Australian industry against foreign goods and against any British goods receiving such preferences as are considered desirable as a result of trade negotiations between the Australian and United Kingdom governments? If such tariff arrangements are considered adequate, does it not seem that in New South Wales inflated prices are being paid for doubly protected goods by local authorities, which use money that belongs to the ratepayers, and by public authorities, which use money that belongs to their consumers? Does the Minister know whether similar-

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