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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia) .- Senator Earle'ssuggestion is quite impracticable, because if a duty were imposed on type made in Australia, and there was no duty, or a low one, on that not made here, it is quite evident that the printers would purchase that on which a low duty had been imposed, because they would be able to get it cheaper than the Australian article. If that were done, it would mean wiping out the' Australian industry, and I do not wish to assist in doing that. On the other hand, I do not see why printers should be penalized 'because the Australian Type Foundry makes only 100 different kinds of letters.

Senator Wilson - But every one else is penalized where similar circumstances prey ail.

Senator VARDON - That is hardly so, because many of the articles on which heavy duties are imposed are wholly made in Australia, and the supply is sufficient to meet the demand; but in this instance only a fraction of the kind of type required is made.

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