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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - I remind Senator DrakeBrockman that the old duty was 25 per cent., and that present conditions involve very much higher costs than formerly.

Senator Drake-Brockman - Particularly in England.

Senator SENIOR - Particularly in Australia. An engineer in England for a forty-eight hour week is paid £4 9s. , 3d., while the same class of man in Australia is paid £6 5s. per week of 44 hours, and is also paid for holidays, and for a full week if. he only works a portion of the week. In England, a man is paid per hour at the rate of £4 9s. 3d. per week. I mention this to show that there is a good reason why the duty should be raised proportionately in order to meet competition from England; otherwise there will be an influx of goods that will prevent any possibility of our continuing to make these commodities in Australia.

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