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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I should like to know the custom of the Department in regard to the importation of traction engines of a class or kind not made in Australia, as. provided in sub-item b, and whether the Fordson tractor, the importation of which, at a reasonable price, would be very helpful to the farmers of Australia, would come under this heading.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes; if it is of a class or kind notmade in Australia.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Probably some have already come in since the imposition of the duty.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - As the duty came into operation only on 16th June last, no experience has been gained by the Department that I could put before the Committee.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Item 178-

Motive power machinery and appliances (except electric), viz.: - . . . . (c) N.E.I., ad val., British, 271/2 per cent.; intermediate, 35 per cent.; general, 40 per cent.

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