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Thursday, 21 July 1921

Senator BENNY (South Australia) . - I am quite prepared to accept the suggestion which has . been made by Senator Fairbairn.

Senator Russell - Does the honorable senator think that the other House will accept that amendment, seeing that it has seventy-five members, while we have only thirty-six ?

Senator BENNY - I cannot say. Senator Crawford stated that far too much time will require to be devoted to the duties of the Board to permit of the appointment to it either of a member of this Parliament or of a man who is actively engaged in business. May I point out to him that eight years have elapsed since the last Tariff was framed, and that in the interim no consideration whatever has been given to it. In the absence of the proposed Board, the present Tariff will have to, stand until Parliament is asked to reconsider it. But as there is a continual variation in our manufacturing industries, it is certain that the Tariff will require to be amended in the no distant future. The duty of the proposed Board will be to constantly keep an eye upon the operations of the Tariff. Consequently, I do not tbink there is much weight in Senator Crawford's argument. On the other hand, the suggestion which has been made by Senator Fairbairn is a reasonable one, which I am prepared to accept. I therefore ask leave to amend my amendment so as to make it read : " One of whom shall be a member of the House of Representatives and one shall be a member of the Senate."

Amendment, by leave, amended accordingly.

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