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Wednesday, 14 May 1930


Senator E B JOHNSTON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   In view of the necessity for assisting the gold-mining industry, will the new mining machinery being installed at Wiluna for the Wiluna gold-mines be admitted free of duty?

2.   If not. what relief will be given to this important enterprise in connexion with the importation of its large mining plant?


Senator DALY - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   Only such machinery as is shown by departmental investigation to be of a class or kind not commercially manufactured in Australia will be admitted underBy-law Item 174, free (United Kingdom preferential tariff) 10 per cent ad valorem (general tariff).

2.   It is not the practice to disclose the Government's policy in reply to questions.


Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Were the plant and machinery required for the power plant at Yallourn, for the production of electric power for Melbourne from local coal, admitted free of duty?

2.   What was the value of the importations for this work?

3.   What was the amount of duty remitted?

4.   Will the Government similarly remit the whole of the duty on the plant and machinery required for the production from local coal of electric power for Collie for the benefit of a large number of primary producers?

5.   If not, why is the Western Australian power project subjected to differential treatment, as compared with that for Melbourne?


Senator DALY - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   No. Portion only of the plant and machinery was so admitted some years ago by a previous administration.

2.   £738,704.

3.   £134,819.

4.   The whole of the duty was not remitted.

5.   See reply to No. 4.


Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   What arc the quantities and values of the importations into Australia in connexion with the erection of the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

2.   What amount of duty has been remitted in connexion with this public work?

3.   Is it a fact that the whole of the great main arch of the bridge is constructed of British steel which has been imported free of duty for the purpose?


Senator DALY - The information is being obtained.







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