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Thursday, 19 June 1930

Senator DALY - On the 22nd May Senator E. B. Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that, as from 1st April last, the price of galvanized iron and black sheet ironhas been increased by 30s. per ton in Western Australia?

2.   If so, what is the reason for the increase?

3.   Is any Australian-made galvanized iron sold in Western Australia?

4.   In view of the large sums paid in bounties for the manufacture of galvanized iron in Australia, is there a uniform price at the various State capitals for galvanized iron produced with the assistance of the bounties?

5.   Will supplies of such iron be made available in Western Australia at such a price in future ?

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

1.   No. The price of imported galvanized iron and black sheet iron was raised 20s. per ton as from 1st April, 1930, but the price of the Australian article has not been increased.

2.   The reason given is that the increase is due to the high cost of exchange.

3.   Yes; but a small proportion only.

4.   Uniform selling prices have been adopted for Australian galvanized iron at the capital city of each of the States except Western Australia.

5.   When the new mills at Newcastle are in full operationin approximately three months' time, it is expected by the manufacturers that a considerable quantity of Australian iron will be available for Western Australian requirements, and the same basic price, f.o.b Newcastle, will be applicable to all States of the Commonwealth.

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