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Tuesday, 23 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . -It is not often that it is my pleasure to be in agreement with Senator Thomas, and in this instance, although I accept his facts, I have to draw entirely different conclusions. If there is an occasion on which we can give effective preference to Great Britain it is in an instance such as this, where British manufactures are imported free of duty.

Senator Lynch - Provided we get the articles from Great Britain.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - We do in this case. It has always been contended by Senator Gardiner and Senator Thomas, that it is hypocritical to impose duties against Great Britain when we can manufacture articles in this country, and to call it preference when the goods Britain can manufacture, and we cannot produce, are admitted free. Whatever truth . there may be in that grotesque presentation of the case, I contend that it does not apply in this instance. As we are not making the goods, Britain can have a free run of the market, because we are imposing duties on imports from other countries. For that reason I asK the Committee not to support the request.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Minister give the value of the importations from Great Britain, and also from Canada and America J

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I cannot give the information off-hand; but I am assured that discs are imported from Great Britain.

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