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Tuesday, 18 May 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- The honorable member is correct in saying that if the Government in power is opposed to this agreement it may under paragraph 14 of the schedule take away a great deal of the power the Anglo-Persian Company will have by means of the Tariff. But I have said twice already in the discussion upon this Bill that I desire to be perfectly honest with these people, and so far as the provision with respect to the duty is concerned, I say that I do not feel myself bound by it. If the Government intend to bolster up the Anglo-Persian Company they can impose a duty of1s. per gallon, and refund it under the circumstances set forth, but there is nothing in the agreement to prevent the next Government, should it be opposed to the company, imposing a duty of one-thousandth part of a penny per gallon, and refunding that. I was glad to hear the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) say that my efforts in connexion with the Tariff diverted his infant footsteps into the path of Protection. I hope that the Minister for the Navy (Sir Joseph Cook), the honorable member for Grey (Mr. Poynton), and the honorable member for North Sydney (Sir Granville Ryrie) have also been converted.

Mr Hector Lamond - The honorable member will need a few to make up for the falling off of others.

Mr.TUDOR. - The honorable member who interjects is also concerned in this matter, and it looks as if we are going to have stirring times when we are considering the new Tariff, which I look forward to with a great deal of pleasure. I shall not be found backward in supporting Australian industries, but I shall object to differential treatment of Australian industries.

Amendment negatived.

Proposed new schedule agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with an amendment.

Standing Orders suspended, andreport adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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