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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I am . reluctant to give away any points to Protectionists, because, as a rule, they are full of points; hut I think further attention should be given to this sub-item, upon which the British duty is 10 per cent., as compared with the proposed deferredduty of 25 per cent. on sheet aluminium, from which the wire may be made. It appears to. me that if we impose a duty of 25 per cent. on the raw material, and if wire comes in at 10 per cent., business men will be keen enough to realize that by importing the wire and converting it for use in the other processes they will be getting their materials at the cheaper rate.

Senator Russell - When the deferred duties come into operation,in about four months' time, we shall probably be producing all the raw material we require in Australia.

Senator Senior - Why is aluminium wire dutiable at 10 per cent., whilst rods,. from which the wire is made, are protected by a duty. of. 25 per cent. ?

Senator Russell - There is no duty on the raw material for the wire. This 10 per cent. is on the drawn wire.

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