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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) -531- - The question of Protection does not enter into this" matter, because chrome steel is not manufactured here, and is not likely to be for some time to come, but ordinary steel, without a trace of chromium in it, might without the amendment I suggest, be allowed to come in free, and so compete with steel parts manufactured in Australia. I propose that these parts should contain at least \ per cent, of chromium before they should be admitted duty free. I see no reason in imposing protective duties upon articles which are not manufactured, or are likely to be manufactured, in Australia for some time to come. The rest of this machinery can be, and is, made in Australia. It is entitled to really effective protection, and will get it so far as my vote is concerned. But these steel parts that are essential for the work are not manufactured in Aus tralia, and that is why they should be admitted duty free. In proposing that they shall contain £ per cent, of chromium, I am providing an ample safeguard. The principal mining authority .of the mine which uses more of these articles than perhaps any other in Australia says that the highest analysis he has made of chrome steel gives a percentage of six-tenths of chromium. If we provided for 2 per cent, of chromium, we should provide for a percentage which might be worse than useless. I think the Government will be wise in accepting my amendment, and" I am glad to hear that they are prepared to take up a reasonable attitude.

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