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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - This is one of the items in which a real and valuable preference is given to the manufacturers of the United Kingdom. It is a mistake to believe that the United States of America is the chief supplier of tools of trade in the Australian market. Prior to the war we imported annually from Great Britain £306,000 worth, and from the United States of America £293,000 worth. In 1919-20, importations from the United Kingdom totalled £431,000, and from the United States of America, £403,000.From Germany, . prior to the war, we imported tools to the value of £38,000 yearly. As the duty is a substantial preference to the United Kingdom, I ask Senator Lynch to withdraw his request.

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