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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) . - The Minister was under . a misapprehension when he said that we had already dealt with wire.

Senator Pearce - The Minister did not say so. He said he hoped that honorable senators would stand by the proposals of the Government

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - If Senator Pearce had listened to the whole of the debate he would know that the Minister in charge of the Bill pointed out that Senator Lynch's request would bring the duty on wire below the duty on wire netting. It would do nothing of the sort, because we have not yet dealt with wire. I know what the honorable senator had in mind perfectly well. The impression he conveyed to the majority of honorable senators, including myself, was that we had dealt with the wire from which wire netting is made, whereas, as a matter of fact, that wire is covered by item 159, with which we have not yet dealt.

Senator Pearce - And .the duties on that, wire are 52s., 72s. 6d., and 90s.

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