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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - Senator Givens has expressed a desire to see some measure of protection given to the Australian manufacturer of steel parts for crushing machinery purposes. But, incidentally, he said that if this item were carried, it would mean the imposition of a duty of an oppressive character on some mining machinery. That, however, would not eventuate. Every part would be charged alike. Machinery would be dutiable at 25 and 20 per cent. The honorable senator desires that the percentage of chromium should be fixed at J. I may point out, however, that there is a departmental rule at present to the effect that the percentage of chromium in chrome steel should be not less than \. That rule has not modified the present position as affecting our manufacturing industry. Parts are being manufactured from chrome and manganese steel in Australia at present; but the item in the Tariff as worded has seriously interfered with the industry on account of the heavy importation of parts containing a very small percentage of chromium. We desire to give every possible encouragement to those engaged in the manufacture of machinery, whether that machinery is used for mining or any other purpose. There is no reason why mining should receive more consideration under a protective Tariff than any other line of industry. I believe that Senator Givens desires to give as much protection as possible, but Senator Lynch has expressed the wish to have the item deleted. If that were done he would seriously hamper those who are engaged in the manufacture of many kinds of machinery. Rather than see the paragraph struck out, the Government would accept the suggestion of Senator Givens:, and reduce the percentage to \.

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