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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) (1:43 AM) . - There is no doubt that in shaping this Tariff, the Minister for Trade and Customs, in addition to making himself acquainted with the information supplied by his officers, was influenced by recommendations following upon the inquiries of the Inter-State Commission. That body recommended a duty of 35 per cent., with the usual accompanying addition of 2-j per cent, if duties were imposed upon iron and steel. The various items set out under sub-item c are made in Australia. I can only add that the Inter-State Commission, after full inquiry, came to the conclusion that there were factors involved which justified the imposition of somewhat higher rates of duty than had been recommended in respect of other associated manufactures.

Request agreed to.

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