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Wednesday, 6 August 1930

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Has the attention of the Government been drawn to an announcement published in the Melbourne Argus newspaper of 2nd August to the effect that the prices of both Australian and imported galvanized iron have been increased by £1 per ton?

2.   Did not Mr. Forde, M.P., when acting as Minister for Customs, announce that the increase of £1 per ton on the duty would be followed by a reduction of£5 per ton in the price ofAustralian-made galvanized iron?

3.   In view of the statement- made by the Right Honorable the Prime Minister that, if instances were given of cases where the local manufacturer had increased his prices as a result of the increased tariff duties, the Government would take drastic action - what action does the Government propose to take in this instance?

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