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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) (1:52 AM) . - I may explain that I have been endeavouring to be consistent in the requests I have submitted, and from the beginning I have expressed the desire to give Great Britain greater preference against certain products of other countries, and have moved for a margin of 15 per cent, on these particular commodities. When we reached this item, I found it necessary to suggest that a duty should be reduced to 25 per cent., in accordance with what had been previously done. When the schedule has returned to another place, it will be seen that this Committee has endeavoured to be consistent in regard to the preference given to British manufacturers in the matter of electrical appliances.

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