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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - Senators Lynch and DrakeBrockman have referred to the fact that quite a number of honorable senators are "blowing hot and cold " in their voting on this schedule; voting for reductions in one case and for increases in another. With regard to certain items we dealt with last evening, I confess that I voted for reductions in the British preferential column. I have made up my mind to deal with all the items in the Tariff on their merits. Where I think that we are likely to have serious competition from Great Britain, I shall support the increase of the preferential duties, and the items dealt with last night, on which I voted for reductions, do not threaten such competition. On those items the preferential duties are simply a farce, for the goods are not coming here from Great Britain, and might as well be made free. As to the particular item now before us, it has been shown that the articles are successfully made here at reasonable prices, and that there is some export trade. That being so, I shall vote for the retention of the duty of 40 per cent.

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