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Tuesday, 9 August 1921


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

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

The imposition of a British preferential Tariff is a curious form of inducing trade with the Motherland. If we want British products we should be prepared to buy them without either inducement or hindrance, and the Government should not attempt to enforce trade by a differentiation in the rates of duties.

Request negatived.

SenatorGARDINER (New South Wales [10.27]. - I move-

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


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the honorable senator not- agree to take the fate of his previous request as a reasonable test?


Senator GARDINER - There should be no question of handicapping trade with Great Britain. The intermediate Tariff will apply, I understand, to importations from New Zealand. Why should such an unfair barrier be raised against our neighbour Dominion ? I know that there is, and has been for years, a suggestion to convene a Dominions Conference at which some policy of preferential treatment may be framed.


Senator Russell - Meanwhile, if the other Dominions will not meet us with special preference, why should we give anything of the kind?


Senator GARDINER - That is not the spirit in which to bind the Empire in commercial ties. Australia might well set an example, and naturally and inevitably the other Dominions would fall, into line.

Request negatived.

Request (by Senator Gardiner) negatived -

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

Item agreed to.

Item 83 (Potatoes) agreed to.

Item 84-

Rennet -

(a)   In liquid form, per gallon, British, 6s.; intermediate, 7s.; general, 8s.

(b)   N.E.I., ad val., British, 25 per cent.; intermediate, 30 per cent.; general, 40 per cent.







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