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Wednesday, 14 October 1931
Page: 742

Mr WHITE (Balaclava) .- I move -

That all the words after "be" be omitted with a view to insert in lieu thereof the fol lowing words, " withdrawn and that in view of the altered circumstances, the question of special customs duties be submitted to the Tariff Board for consideration and report ".

These prohibitions and super-charges were imposed when the exchange rate was about at par, for the purpose of correcting our adverse trade balance. That has now been done, but the duties have incidentally created much unemployment, besides dislocating industry, and upsetting business. Therefore, the whole subject calls for investigation and report by the Tariff Board, which should be called upon to recommend what items ought to be prohibited, and whether the 50 per cent. surcharge should continue to apply to any of them.

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