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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - There is quite a number of duties proposed in this item, and it seems to me that it is nonsense to talk about British preference. What difference does it make to Britain whether or not we charge France or Germany 3d. more than we do British manufacturers? The hardship and wrong is in charging any duty on British goods. I see that the British duty on quarter pints and smaller sizes is 9d., and this, of course, is largely a revenue duty. Many old English firms produce very excellent products of this kind, but in all our own cities we find up-to-date businesses competing with them. I move - '

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

Request negatived.

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