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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator EARLE (Tasmania) . - I do not like sweeping reductions of duties, and if there is any possibility of building up an industry some effort should be made to do so. At the same time, I think the duty is rather high, and I suggest that Senator Payne should make the British preferential duty 20 per cent.

Senator Lynch - We are given to understand that the industry was started by Messrs. Foy and Gibson without any duty.

Senator EARLE - That does not seem to be so. I suppose that of late years there has been very little demand for this class of goods.

Senator Lynch - Up to March of last year there was no duty at all against Great Britain.

Senator EARLE - That is so, but it is reasonable to assume that in years to come there will be a greater demand for these goods. Personally, I would not use them on any consideration, though, I dare say, some people prefer them. If there are goods of such large value coming into Australia, surely it is worth while manufacturing them here, for, evidently, there are people who use them. If Senator Payne were to move that the duties be 20 per cent., 30 per cent., and 45 per cent., I should be inclined to support him.

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