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Tuesday, 23 August 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) .- The general Tariff upon the implements designated in sub-item b is only 10 per cent., while British manufactures may be imported free. Obviously, the impost of 10 per cent, is intended purely to- be productive of revenue.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The impdsition is for the purpose of giving preference to British manufactures.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Obviously ; but I suggest that discs for agricultural implements and mouldboard plates should be imported free. Are any such attachments manufactured in this country?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It may be taken for granted, in view of the rates set down, that they are not.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understand that these articles are not manufactured here. As it is not a Protective duty it should be removed.

Senator Keating - Does the honorable senator think that importations from Germany should be free of duty ?

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes. I am not very strongly in favour of this preference to Great Britain, because it has never been sought. In effect we are telling Great Britain thatbecause we cannot manufacture discs in Australia we are prepared to admit her manufactures free of duty; and in giving preference to Great Britain we are merely considering our own interests. I would rather give an extra 5 per cent, where it may be needed than impose a duty of 5 per cent, where it is for revenue purposes only. These discs are imported from America and Canada, and as we are, therefore, imposing a tax of 10 per cent, on the users of them, I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make sub-item (b), general, free.

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