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Wednesday, 17 August 1921


The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - A request relating to the language employed in the sub-item has precedence, and the honorable senator will, therefore, be in order in moving in the direction indicated.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend paragraph (1) of sub-item

(d)   by leaving out " 1922," and inserting in lieu thereof " 1924."

I understand that- plates and sheets are not manufactured in any considerable quantity in Australia, and with a view to encouraging the manufacturers to further develop this branch of the industry, it is proposed to -impose the duties set out in the schedule after the 1st January, 1922. I also understand that until the proposed duties are imposed, a bonus is being paid to the manufacturers of this commodity, which -bonus will continue until the duty is imposed. When we desire to encourage new industries the system of paying a bonus is preferable to the imposition of high duties, and, consequently, I would like to see the bonus system continued for at least two years longer than the Government proposes. I shall deal with the merits of the proposed duty when Senator Lynch's request is considered; but in the meantime I trust the Government will be prepared to accept my request.







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