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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) . - The Vice-President of the Executive Council has stated that it is scarcely worth while establishing an industry for the manufacture of these tanks. But my reply is that the industry is already established in places like Bendigo and Ballarat.

Senator Millen - The honorable senator is speaking of galvanized-irontanks ?


Senator McGregor - They are not suitable for the work which I mentioned.

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - Nine cut of ten of the tanks which are imported are filled with the heaviest possible leads. They are filled with coffee or cocoa beans, and they will stand practicallyany strain. They are brought into competition with tanks which are manufactured locally. The Vice-President of the Executive Council has said that before they were admitted free they were imported in pieces.

Senator McGregor -i was speaking of the larger tanks.

Senator Pearce - Under this itemthey will be dutiable if they areimported in pieces.

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - That makes the position worse. The complete tank will be admitted free, while the tanks in pieces will be taxable. We do not make any galvanized iron in Australia.

Senator Pearce - There are several galvanizing firms in the Commonwealth.

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - But they do make the sheet iron.

Senator Mcgregor - The tanks to which. I referred are never galvanized.

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - There is only one reason why the makers of these tanks are being singled out for special treatment, namely, the desire of the Government to smoodge to the farmer by saying to him, " Here is a cheap tank." We know that increased production cheapensthe cost of commodities, and if Australian workmen are given command of the home market they will be able to supply the farmer with these tanks as cheaply as they can be purchased by him to-day.

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