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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator EARLE (Tasmania) .- - This is an instance in which the Department should be given some discretion. If we were to remove the duty on type simply because certain kinds are not manufactured in Australia owing to the existence of patent rights and other reasons, we would be doing a serious injury to an established industry. Pro vision has been made for the exercise of departmental discretion in other instances, particularly in connexion with electrical appliances, and the Department should be allowed to discriminate between the type which is manufactured in Australia and that which is not. We must give protection to those who have established the industry and are manufacturing 100 different kinds of type. If we ,did not, the business would be ruined, and there would not be any possibility of 'expansion, which may result if the duty is continued. It is difficult to specifically mention the different kinds of type in the schedule, but if the Department had discretion the difficulty might be met.

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