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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (1:35 AM) . - That is right. I have here a long petition which was recently sent to the Minister for Trade and Customs covering the point raised by Senator Lynch. If that honorable senator knew the company as I do, he would have absolute confidence, as I have, that if this deferred duty is granted the work will be proceeded with. As a matter of fact, the company have a fairly large factory now in connexion with the control of the whole of the shipping wireless around the Australian coast. However, if Senator

Millen will give an assurance that before the Tariff leaves this Chamber he will get into communication with the Minister (Mr. Greene), and inform himself as to what attitude that gentleman is taking, I shall be satisfied to withdraw the request I have moved. I wish Senator Millen to satisfy himself whether Mr. Greene has considered the matter, and if he has, and is not prepared to accept the offer of the company, I shall be quite willing to take his decision. But if the Minister has not considered the matter, I wish him to ha,ve a chance to do so before the Tariff leaves us.

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