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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) - - I move -

That the modification be agreed to.

As honorable senators will recollect, the amendment which the Senate requested was that the rates of duty should be - free British,1s. per cwt. intermediate, and1s. 4½d. per cwt. general, with provision for an increase of those rates as exchange, AustraliaonLondon, moved towards, parity. In modifying the requested amendment the House of Representatives took the view that the sudden change in the competitive position which would be brought about by the admission of cement free of duty, would not permit the smaller cement units, whose financial position is not as strong as that of the bigger companies, to adjust themselves to the new conditions. Accordingly, the House of Representatives suggests that the date of operation of the amendment which the Senate has requested, be deferred until the 1st December, 1936. As the amendment requested by the Senate has been adopted in principle, I ask the committee to agree to the modification.

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