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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make sub-item (b), British, free.

I repeat that there should be no duties imposed upon goods from Great Britain. A great Dominion like Australia, the people of which almost unanimously are ready to do everything they can for Great Britain, and even to make sacrifices for her, should be quite prepared to trade with her without imposing any special restrictions. The very importation of these articles from Great Britain might improve the standard of Australian products. People might find in the British commodity some feature of make-up or marketing that is absent from our . own, and healthy competition between our producers and those of Great Britain would be beneficial.Moreover, the wiping out of this duty would convey to the people of Great Britain an evidence of the goodwill of the Senate towards them. We cannot pretend to love them, and be loyal to them, if we will not trade with them.

Bequest negatived.

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