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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - It is most inconvenient and ineffective to attempt to discuss here specific cases of this character. I do not chance to be in possession of the necessary data in order to furnish a reasonable answer to Senator Lynch. I do not say that the honorable senator has not fully explained the case; but, in describing the machine as an electrical welder he may notbe fully covering every consideration given to it by the local Customs officials. Departmental officers assure me that if the welder is of a type coming under their interpretation of an electrical welder it is free of duty. In any case, if it is an apparatus of a kind not made in Australia, it will be free. If Senator Lynch will give me the papers so that I may instruct the Department to make inquiries, the whole matter can be gone into fully and, I hope, satisfactorily. If necessary, this item can be recommitted.

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