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Thursday, 28 July 1921


Senator Wilson - Otherwise I take it that the Chair will not take notice of any further request?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Undoubtedly. In the case of the item at present 'before the Committee, if the proposal is not for a higher duty than that suggested by Senator Pratten, assuming that honorable senator's request to be negatived by the Committee, the request will be accepted.

Senator Wilson - Senator Pratten has moved a request for an increase of duty in the general Tariff under sub-item a of 6d. per gallon. Some other member of the Committee may desire a greater increase in the duty.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.The only way in which that request could 'be made would be by Senator Pratten withdrawing his request for the purpose.

Senator Wilson - Suppose that Senator Pratten says, " I will not withdraw "?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.That will settle the matter.

Senator Wilson - Then are we, as members of the Committee, to be in the hands of any member of the Senate who may submit a request quickly, and so settle the matter?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator will have the same opportunity as anybody else to submit a request. I have mentioned what is the invariable practice of the Senate in dealing with the "schedule of a Customs Tariff Bill.

Senator Wilson - If Senator Pratten takes up the attitude that he will not give way to an honorable senator who thinks that the increase in the duty should be more than 6d. per gallon, it appears to me that other members of the Committee will be deprived of freedom of action.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Order ! There is no point of order before the Chair. At present Senator Pratten has moved a request. If Senator Wilson desires that the duty should be increased beyond the amount suggested by Senator Pratten, he can ask that honorable Senator to temporarily withdraw his request.

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