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Wednesday, 28 May 1930


Senator DALY - On the 14th May, Senator E. B. Johnston asked the following questions, upon notice -

1.   What are 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 thewhole of the great main arch of the bridge is constructed of British steel, which has been imported free of duty for the purpose?

I am now able to furnish the honorable senator with the following information : -

1.   It has been ascertained that approximately 35,349 tons of steel, valued at £512,940, and machinery and plant valued at £395,813 have been imported in connexion with the erection of the Sydney harbour bridge.

2.   The duty remitted in regard to the importation of material and machinery in con,nexion with the bridge amounted to £223,609. These remissions were made before the present Government took office, but the governing principle in connexion with such remissions was that the material and machinery were not obtainable in Australia.

3.   It is not a fact that the whole of the great main arch of the bridge is constructed of British steel, as inquiries show that 8,000 tons of Australian steel are included in the main arch.


Senator DALY - On the 14th May, Senator Sir GeorgePearce asked the following questions, upon notice -

1.   Has any application been made to the Government for remission of duties on steel imported for the North Shore Bridge, Sydney?

2.   What was the value of the steel imported for this bridge?

3.   What was the amount of duty payable thereon ?

4.   Was any remission of duty given, and, if so, what was the amount of such remission?

5.   When was the application made?

6.   When was the remission granted?

I am now able to furnish the honorable senatorwith the following information : -

1.   Numerous applications have been made.

2.   £512,949.

3.   £93,271.

4.   The duty remitted has amounted to £91,824.

5.   Applications for remissions of duty have been made at intervals ever since March, 1922. After consultation with local steel manufacturers, steel not commercially manufactured in Australia has been admitted free of duty under Tariff Item 404 (United Kingdom rates). In some instances the steel concerned was already permanently in the by-law, and, therefore, admissible free of duty from the United Kingdom. In the latter cases the steel would necessarily beof a kind not made in Australia, or it would not be in the by-law. The contractors, in accordance with their contr act, have used Australian steel to the utmost extent possible. They state that the amount expended on the contract in Australia to date is approximately £2,500,000.

6.   Remissions have been granted from time to time since 1922. All of the remissions to date were granted before the present Government took office.







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