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Wednesday, 21 May 1930

Senator DALY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : - 1 and 2. The plant and machinery for the power plant at Yallourn upon which remission of duty was made was imported chiefly during the period 1921-23. Since that time considerable advance has been made in the manufacture of electrical plant in Australia. The position at the present time is, therefore, materially different from the situation at the time when the concession was granted on the Yallourn plant. 3, 4 and 5. There would be great difficulty after so many years in getting these details, and they would not be completely available from departmental records. It is, therefore, regretted that the information cannot be given. 6 and 7. Yes. A decision was arrived at by the late Government to remit duty to the extent of 50 per cent. of the amount normally due, by admitting goods to that extent under by-law. The present Government sees no reason to interfere with that decision.

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