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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (b), intermediate, ad val., 5 per cent.

In proposing a reduction of 20 per cent., I appeal to the good sense of honorable senators to see that no obstruction shall be placed in the way of making rabbit traps available as cheaply as possible to as large a number as possible of those who will use them, in order to keep down the pest.

Senator Pearce - I desire to inform the honorable senator that I shall call for a division, seeing that his request in respect of the general Tariff was agreed to upon so small a margin, and with so few honorable senators voting.

Senator PAYNE - The Minister does not suggest that my proposal was carried upon a catch vote?

Senator Pearce - No. There is considerable local competition in this business, and that will insure reasonable prices. In addition to a number of old firms, there are several factories which have begun operations this year.

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