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Thursday, 28 July 1921


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Buzacott (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - As the Committee is now entering upon the consideration of the first item of the Tariff, it will probably facilitate business and behelpful to honorable senators who have not previously taken part in the discussion of a Tariff ifI state for their information what is the invariable practice in the Senate in dealing with the schedule to a Tariff Bill in Committee. Senator Pratten has moved on sub-item a of item 1 that the House of Representatives be requested to increase the duty under the general Tariff from 3s. to 3s. 6d. per gallon. If the Committee negative the request, it will not be in order for any other honorable senator to move that the duty he increased to 4s. ,or any higher duty than that moved for by Senator Pratten, but a request can be submitted by an honorable senator for the increase of the duty to 3s. 3d., or any figure below that moved for by Senator Pratten. If honorable senators desire a reduction of the proposed duty, and an honorable senator moves a request for the reduction of the duty from 3s. to 2s. 6d., should that request be negatived, it will not he in order for any other member of the Committee to submit a request for a reduction of the duty below that amount, hut it will be competent for any honorable senator to submit a request for a smaller decrease.


Senator Lynch - I presume that, where a request is moved for a higher or a lower duty, and some other member of the Committee desires to submit a request for a still higher or a still lower duty, that can he done provided the honorable senator submitting the first request is willing to withdraw his motion to enable it to be done?







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