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Wednesday, 24 August 1921


Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- I move-

That the House ofRepresentatives be requested to make sub-item (d), British, free.

Any attempt to meet Protectionists by consenting to stiff Protectionist duties seems to have no effect, and, therefore, [ move this request with a view to expressing my desire for trade with Great Britain. In this morning's newspaper we are told that the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes), in a speech, told the British people that Australia traded with them, and that we wished Britain to trade with us; but, as a matter of fact, the whole of this Tariff is a negation of any such desire. The industries concerned here are so well established as to be able to compete with the manufacturers of the world, and I think we might well allow the goods to come in free from Great Britain.







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