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Wednesday, 3 August 1921


Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I am sorry that Senator de Largie has taken the trouble to make his explanation,, because I am bound to say that, had I been in the New South Wales Parliament at the time, I would have voted precisely as he erroneously said I did.

The Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) has appealed for expedition with respect to the consideration of the Tariff schedule. It should not be forgotten that the Government have " slept on" the Tariff for some twelve or eighteen months. If the whole business be got through by Christmas, they should be well satisfied. There are more than 400 items, and very few have been dealt with, despite the earnest efforts, of honorable senators to-day. I have been, away for a fortnight, and I hoped that the Committee would have finished with the schedule before my return. The Tariff, however, is too important to warrant hurry. The Government may think that, because they have prepared it, and it has been in operation for many months, it is perfect. They must realize, however, that during the period in which the schedule operated prior to this Parliament being given an opportunity to deal with it ample opportunities were afforded of perceiving its defects. If the Parliament has finally dealt with the schedule by Christmas, so that there may be then a brief recess with a view to a resumption in the New Year, that should be satisfactory to the Government.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 10.8 p.m.







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