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Tuesday, 23 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - The Minister has raised the point that I did not speak about this matter when a Tariff was introduced in 1914, and my reply is that, although a Tariff was imposed in 1914, it was passed by a validating Bill, and honorable senators had no opportunity then to discuss it analytically. These goods were admitted free from all parts prior to 1913, and then in 1914 a duty of 10 per cent, was imposed under the general Tariff. Prior to that Britain was given no preference because all these articles were coming from America. Now we have the vague statement that some come from Great Britain. What that some is no one knows.

Senator Wilson - Have we the assurance that none are made in Australia-?

Senator LYNCH - None whatever. The last shipment I had, for which I had to wait six weeks, came from America. The Chamber has nothing to be ashamed of in regard to this Tariff debate. We have been going through the schedule in a workmanlike way. Our work is not to be compared with what is done in any other Chamber or Parliament. It is our duty to dissect a Tariff closely and minutely, especially one drawn up as this is. The quality of the debate upon it is certainly nothing to apologize for.

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