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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I am not prepared to support any increases unless they are justified. If the Government consider that all the duties should be increased I shall not be satisfied unless. I am assured that they are necessary to protect new industries or assist industries already established. The statement by the Minister (Senator E. D. Millen) proves that under the Tariff which has been in operation for some time, Australian manufacturers have been able to supply practically all of our requirements. A Protective Tariff is one that is sufficiently high to enable Australian manufacturers to supply the requirements of the people at a reasonable price. Under the old Tariff the British preferential rate was 121/2 per cent., and the general 20 per cent., and the present proposal is to retain the British rate at the original figure, and to increase the general Tariff to 25 per cent. This does not appear necessary, and I trust the Minister will agree to 20 per cent.

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