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Wednesday, 26 November 1930

Senator BARNES (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - It is amazing that there has been so much opposition to this bill from honorable senators who were responsible for the establishment of this industry in Australia. Before Lysaght's established their works in Australia, the Tariff Board made an investigation and recommended a protection of £5 10s. a ton on galvanized iron, roll owing that recommendation, legislation was introduced, hot by a Labour Government, but by a Nationalist Government, which resulted in the industry being established here. The industry, therefore, is the child of the Nationalist party- a child nine years old. The members of that party now propose to desert their own child.

Senator McLachlan - The present Government has adopted another child in its place.

Senator BARNES - The Government has taken every precaution against the creation of a monopoly. Should the company attempt to take advantage of the people of Australia by increasing the price of galvanized iron, the Government will come down on it like a sledge hammer in the hands of Senator Lynch. The Government will protect the interests of consumers. I am particularly amazed that the Leader of the Opposition (SenatorPearce), who was one of the gentlemen primarily responsible for the establishment -of this industry should desert it now. I trust that the Senate will agree to the measure.

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