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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I suggest that the fact that the Committee has reduced the duty in the general Tariff from £3 to £2 lessens the necessity for Senator Wilson's request, even from his own point of view. I do not wish to stress the fact unduly, but I do point out that the users of newsprint in Australia are under no overpowering debt of gratitude to the Canadian paper manufacturers for the treatment received at their hands when they were practically helpless.

Senator Vardon - I could wish that the honorable senator had said that just now.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It seems to me that this is the psychological moment at which to say it. I repeat that Canadian manufacturers of paper have no claims upon our gratitude. Another objection to the request is that while there is no direct evidence of the fact, there are very . strong reasons for assuming that there is a very close intimacy between American and Canadian manufacturers of paper, and that if it does not exist today it would not be long before it came into being if the duty in the intermediate Tariff were reduced as proposed by Senator Wilson. My last request affected the general Tariff, and I intend to follow it up by a request for the imposition of a similar duty of £2 per ton in the intermediate Tariff.

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