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Thursday, 21 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Leader of the Senate, in view of the proposed termination of the session so far as the House of Representatives is concerned, and the continuation of the sittings of the Senate to deal with the Tariff, what will be the position, so far as the collection of Customs duties is concerned, in respect to any requests that may be made by the Senate to another place for an increase or a reduction of the duties now set out in the schedule to the Customs Tariff Bill? Will the higher duties be collected,- and a refund be made if our requests for . lower duties are accepted, or will increased duties be charged immediately should the Senate request the increase of those duties ?

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