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Thursday, 1 September 1921


Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - There is a good deal in Senator DrakeBrockman's contention. Referring to the division Metals and' Machinery, I find that quite a number of industries are burning out commodities essential for the development of Australia under duties that are slightly lower than in the request submitted by the honorable senator. In the majority of cases the maximum duty in the general Tariff is 40 per cent., as in the case of fishbolts, piping, &c. In the last Tariff this subitem was free British and 10 per cent, general. It is a far cry to 35 per cent. British and 55 per cent, general. The requested amendment is a reasonable one, and it ought to give adequate protection to the Australian industry.







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