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Wednesday, 17 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - There appears to be a misunderstanding. The . position, as I see it, is just as Senator Lynch desires that it should be.

Senator Lynch - Except that the Minister (Senator Russell) has furnished no specific promise or guarantee, set out in black and white, that what I desire shall be put into effect.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The assurance which tho honorable senator desires is that not only shall' these special grade steels be admitted free until manufactured in this country in commercial quantities, but that there shall be . a guarantee covering their quality also. That sums up the intention of the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene), who proposes -that, by departmental bylaws, the products in question - provided that they can be turned out in requisite quantity as well as in necessary quality to meet the needs of . Australia - shall become dutiable; but that the duty shall . not apply otherwise.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -brockman. - That is' all the assurance that I desire, atany rate.

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