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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - I should like some information as to the varieties of tractors covered by this item. I find that in another place there was 'some doubt on this score, and when the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) was asked whether the item included petrol-driven tractors, he replied, "No; I think all petrol -driven engines come under another designation." I have looked through the schedule, and I find no item in which the engines to which I refer are included.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The engines referred to by the honorable senator are included in this item, sub-item b, which, deals with tractors not made in Australia. Traction engines of ' any kind not made in Australia come under this item.

Senator PAYNE - Are petrol-driven tractors made in Australia? I do not mean tractors which use ordinary oil fuel. I understand that if these light petroldriven tractors come under this item, the high cost will inevitably deprive many small farmers of their use. It has been pointed out to me that many df these farmers are considerably handicapped by the prohibitive price of these machines, which are wonderful in their labour-saving qualities. In my opinion, every small land-holder should be encouraged to make use of them. I am not in a position to move any request, except, perhaps, in the direction I have indicated. I am assured these light tractors are not made in Australia.

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