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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I hope that the Senate will not listen to the suggestion of Senator Gardiner, because the position has been made bad enough already. I can understand the attitude of Senator Gardiner, who, quite consistently, would do away with all protection, but I urge the Committee not to bring about the chaos which this proposal means. Bad as the position is, we may be able to fix up matters ; and to that end we ought to adopt the proposal of the Government.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Other rates have been disturbed.

Senator RUSSELL - Not on wire.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Certainly.

Senator RUSSELL - We may be able yet to adjust the proportions.

Senator Lynch - The rates on similar classes of wire have been reduced.

Senator RUSSELL - That is so, but we are now dealing with this particular wire.

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