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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator McDOUGALL (New South Wales) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend sub-item (b) by leaving out "400" and inserting " 600 " in lieu thereof.

The ship-building industry is one of which I know more than I do of any other industry, and I say unhesitatingly that no industry has been starved more than it has been. As far back as fifty years ago, vessels of more than 400 tons were built in Sydney. I recollect being sent to Melbourne some years since for the express purpose of doing what I could to induce the then Government to do something to foster this industry. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in my efforts. This Government have now decided to help it; but it appears to me that they have not gone quite far enough. My idea is that the duty imposed under this sub-item should apply to vessels of more than 400 tons gross register - say, to vessels of 600 tons.

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