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Thursday, 2 August 1934

Mr HAWKER (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - When may we expect a statement from the Minister for Trade and Customs as to the Government's intentions regarding the reports tabled today in which alterations of duty have been recommended?

Mr WHITE - Alterations of duties are not required in order to give effect to the recommendations contained in any of the reports tabled to-day.

Mr HAWKER - The report of the Tariff Board dealing with binder twine recommends a reduction of duty from 6s. to 2s. Will no alteration of duty be required to give effect to that recommendation?

Mr WHITE - If the honorable member reads the report he will see that the board makes two recommendations, and that the second is in line with the tariff schedule which was passed by this Parliament last year. The policy of the Government is to give effect to the recommendations of the Tariff Board, and it is still true that no alteration of duty is required in order to give effect to the Tariff Board's reports which have been tabled to-day.

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