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Thursday, 18 August 1921


Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- There is not much labour in the making of pipes, and 48s. seems a fairly heavy duty, which might well be reduced. I am in favour of an absolutely free Tariff for Great Britain; but if there are any honorable senators who desire to fix a duty, I may be prepared to meet them if they will make a suggestion. I move, in tike absence of any suggestion -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the item, British, free.


Senator Wilson - To what extent are these fittings for pipes made in Australia?


Senator Russell - They are all made in Australia, and it is principally in the 3-in. and 4-in. diameter pipes that we feel the competition of Germany.


Senator Wilson - There is no reference to British fittings.


Senator Russell - Practically the whole of our requirements are made in Australia.

Request negatived.

Item agreed to.

Item 154-

Railway and tramway material, viz. : - (a)Rails weighing 50 lb. per yard and over, per ton, British, 35s.; intermediate, 60s.; general, 75s.

(b)   Rails weighing less than 50 lb. per yard, per ton, British, 45s.; inter- mediate, 70s.; general, 85s.







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