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Thursday, 17 July 1930

Senator DALY - On 4th July, Senator Carroll asked the following questions, upon notice -

1.   Before prohibiting the importation of certain classes of agricultural Implements and machinery into Australia, did the Government receive an assurance from Australian manufacturers that there would be no increase in the price of Australian-made implements and machinery of similar character?

2.   If so, when that assurance was given were the selling prices of locally-made implements and machinery quoted?'

3.   If they were, what were the prices quoted ?

4.   Did the prices quoted apply to all States; if not, to which States did they apply!

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

1.   Yes. The assurance was to the effect that there would be a reduction in present prices provided that there were noincreasein the cost of labour and material.

2.   No. The manufacturers issue printed price-lists. 3 and 4. The prices quoted in the printed lists are usually f.o.b. Melbourne. Pricesin other States would naturally be. higher to cover costs of transport

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