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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator DEIN (New South Wales) . - When this item was being discussed in the Senate on a previous occasion, I supported the entry of British cement into Australia free of duty as advocated by the Government. I was not persuaded to adopt this course on account of the plea that the original action of the House of Representatives in partially restoring the duties constituted an infringement . of Ottawa; in my opinion it did not. I, therefore, endeavoured to deal with the duty on ito merits. I stated clearly that it was with a good deal of reluctance that I supported the proposal of the Government because it was too harsh. Nevertheless, it was, in my opinion, the lesser of two evils, and, therefore, I voted for it. I had mentioned previously that I would, like this committee to steer some middle course, which would be less drastic than the proposal recommended by the Government, and which did not give such high protection, as was desired by the House of Representatives. Therefore, I am in the happy position of being able, conscientiously and wholeheartedly, to support the modification proposed by the House of Representatives.

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