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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I am- sorry that no senator will support me in the desire to trade with Great Britain without restriction. I move -

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

Senator Reid - The honorable senator is becoming an Imperialist.

Senator GARDINER - I am by no means an Imperialist, but my loyalty to Great Britain is real, and not confined to flag flapping and patriotic stunts. I am willing not only to fight side by side with Great Britain, but to trade with her, and, after all, trade is the more important matter at the present time.

Request negatived.

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - If there are no requests in regard to the other sub-items, I shall take a proposal from Senator Gardiner to strike out the British preferential duties on them.

Request, by Senator Gardiner, negatived -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make sub-items (d), (e), and (f), British, free.

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