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Tuesday, 23 August 1921


Senator WILSON (South Australia) .- I move-

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

I have no desire to delay the Committee, as I am satisfied that after the discussion that has taken place on this item no fresh argument can be advanced. Being . a new member of the Senate, I was persuaded on Friday last to amend my original request with regard to the genera] Tariff, leaving it at 35 per cent., in the belief that a good deal of time might be saved and something achieved in connexion with the reduction of the intermediate and British duties.


The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - The honorable senator would be wise not to discuss a matter that has already been dealt with.


Senator WILSON - I consider it my duty, Mr. Chairman, to make that statement of the position. I now submit the request for a reduction of the intermediate Tariff, realizing that at an early date the Government, in the interests of our primary producers, may have an opportunity of entering into trade relationships with such countries as Canada by means of this intermediate Tariff.

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia -

Minister for Defence) [6.19]. - Seeing that a full debate has already taken place on the principle involved in it, I have no intention of saying anything upon the honorable senator's request other' than that the Government cannot accept the proposal, and will vote against it. In determining the British preferential duty I hope Senator Wilson will take into consideration the aspect of the matter I put forward early this afternoon. I appeal to honorable senators not to go over the whole ground again in connexion with this request.







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