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Tuesday, 23 August 1921

Senator WILSON (South Australia) . - I thought that I was meeting the wish of honorable senators when I obtained leave to withdraw my request for a reduction of the duty in the general column. I am now willing to' withdraw my request for a reduction of the duty in the intermediate column in order that other honorable senators may have freedom of action in respect to the general column, but I would like the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) to make a statement as to what machinery would be affected by a reduction of the intermediate Tariff from 30 per cent. to 25 percent. I was of opinion that a considerable quantity of machinery which would come under that particular column of the Tariff was imported, but now I am led to believe that the quantity imported is very small indeed. I ask leave to withdraw my request.

Request, by leave, withdrawn.

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