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Tuesday, 19 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) .- I am disposed to think that the Minister's first suggestion waB the better one, that - contentious matters in -the clauses and schedule of theCustoms Tariff Bill Bhould be postponed Spending finality with the Tariff Board Bill, and that Sie second reading of- &e "Tariff Board Bill should be moved by the Minister tomorrow, and the debate on it adjourned, in which case the Bill 'would probably be completed on Friday. I would prefer to listen carefully to the Minister's second-treading speech on the Tariff . Board Bill, and then bars an adjournment to consider it. I am not in agreement with Senator DrakeBrookman's idea of going right on with the Bill and finishing it in one day without further consideration'. ' The Senate . seems to indorse the fundamental principle that we ought to know something about the Tariff Board Bill before we can. go mtrch further with the Tariff schedule, but I do not think it matters much whether we complete the Tariff Board Bill to-morrow, Thursday, or Friday, bo long aB we finish it this week and know its incidence in connexion with our deliberations on the Tariff itself. .

Progress reported.'

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