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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I understand that this item covers what was set out in item 178 of the 1914 Tariff, with special reference to high-speed engines, and so forth, subject to departmental by-laws. In view of the fact that these machines are not made in the Commonwealth, are they still to be subject to duty?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The information supplied to me is that they are being made in Australia.

Senator LYNCH - If that is so, I am satisfied. In 1914, the idea of Parliament was that they were not made here, and they were therefore admitted under reasonable conditions. However, in any case, I think the duty is too high.

Request (by Senator DrakeBrockman) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (c), British, 221/2 per cent.

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