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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - My surprise is that Senator Pratten did not propose an increase in this duty, as that would be in keeping with what the Committee has done with many items up to the present. The cleaning of rice is an important industry in a flourishing state, and has apparently warranted the Government in departing from their beaten track in the past to the extent of reducing the previously existing duties by one-half. I am sorry that they did not adopt a similar course in dealing with a number of other articles included in the Tariff. If they had done so, many of the items we have already considered would have received my support instead of my opposition.

Request negatived.

Item agreed to.

Item 86 (Rice root) agreed to.

Item 87-

Sago and tapioca -

(a)   Packed for household use, per lb.,1d.

(b)   N.E.I., free.

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