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Wednesday, 9 June 1926

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - If Senate Ogden had searched for arguments in support of his request hecould not have obtained stronger support than he- received from the Minister, who said that this industry was already well established in New South Wales, where the factories were working at high pressure.

SenatorOgden. - They were established under the old tariff!.

Senator LYNCH - Yes. A dirty of 27½ per cent, was sufficient to induce people to invest their capital in this enterprise. What, therefore, is the justification for increasing that duty to 45 per cent. ? The Minister's explanation was a. very lame one.. I can understand that. He has no need to make out a good case, because he knows that he has a good, following. He reminds me of a splendid stamp of racehorse that is not properly handicapped and, therefore, is not properly extended in a race. If further evidence be wanted in support of the request for reduced duties, it is to be found in the whole cluster of items agreed to, carrying British duties of 27½ per cent. Millions of pounds worth of appliances have been imported at that rate of duty, in the 1921 tariff, which, by the way, was described as a scientific tariff. Since this schedule, also, is described as scientific, we are justified in asking for a definition of the term. Under the 1921 tariff, a considerable amount of capital became available for investment in these manufacturing concerns. A large number of works were established in New' South Wales. Senator Duncan cannot claim credit for that. I did my part by voting for duties that were likely to lead to the establishment of Australian industries, of which New South Wales, as I have stated, has had the lion's share, notwithstanding that that State, in the earlier years of federation, sent six freetraders into this chamber.

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Newlands - The honorable senator will not be in order in pursuing that line of argument.

Senator LYNCH - I am aware of that, Mr. Chairman, but I thought I would remind Senator Duncan of what I have done in that direction. Senator Duncan referred to the position in the United States of America. As far as I have been able to gather, no duty is levied in the United States of America on electrical appliances, but there is a duty of 20; per cent on lamp bulbs.

Senator Ogden - There' is no duty in New Zealand' on electrical appliances-.

Senator LYNCH - Of course not. The United States of America, as we are all aware, is one of the principal manufacturers of electrical appliances. I support Senator Ogden's request for reasons' that have been furnished by the Minister.

Question! - That the request be agreed to - put. Thecommittee divided.

Ayes ... ... ... 7

Noes ... ... ... 16

Majority ... ... 9




Question so- resolved in the negative.

Request negatived.

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