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Friday, 19 August 1921

Senator WILSON (South Australia) . - I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, intermediate,25 per cent.

If my request is agreed to, I propose to ask for a duty of 15 per cent. under the British preferential Tariff. Earlier in the debate I stated that I was pledged to secure, if possible, a reduction in the duties on tools of trade; but I realize that, in the present constitution of the Senate, there is no possibility of getting all I want in this respect. In order to meet honorable senators fairly, I have submitted this modified request, and I trust I shall have their support. This is a very important matter to every one con nected with those industries that are producing the wealth of this country. It is not sufficient for us to stand up in this Senate and talk about what the farmers should or should not do. This is a time when we might fairly be judged by our actions rather than our words.

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