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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1981

Mr CONNOR (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Customs and Excise received representations from the honourable member for Cunningham relative to the adverse effect on employment in the Australian sheet metal rolling industry of recent imports of tin plate? Can he inform me of the results of his inquiries and of any action he proposes?

Mr CHIPP - I received a telegram from the honourable member this morning and, minutes before or after question time began, I received a letter from him about this matter. In the meantime I made inquiries and the only concrete information I have at the moment, other than from the honourable member, is a story from the Illawarra 'Daily Mercury' which contains a statement that 30,000 tons of tin plate has been imported which has imperiled the positions at Australian Iron and Steel Pty Ltd of, from memory, some men and 40 women workers. This matter actually belongs to my colleague, the Minister for Trade and Industry, because there presently is no embargo on the importation of tin plate. There is a tariff item on it of 7i per cent general and free preferential which, in the free flow of things, would allow people to import tin plate provided they have paid or are prepared to pay that duty. Only in the event of a shortfall of products could it be admitted duty free. However, because of the implications of the honourable gentleman's question and because it is a matter of fundamental Government policy, I will be pleased to bring it to the notice of my colleague, the Acting Minister for Trade and Industry, and any other appropriate Minister.

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