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Thursday, 25 August 1921


Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - A considerable change has been made in the duties imposed on this item. The item includes a number of substances which were formerly dutiable in the general Tariff at 5 per cent., and in this schedule the duty in the general Tariff is 10 per cent., or an increase of 100 per cent. When we find the word "free" in the British preferential column it is an indication that the articles covered by the item are not made here. Apparently these things are not made in Australia, and yet there has been a jump-up in the general Tariff duty from 5 per cent. to 10 per cent., the purpose apparently being to give the Old Country a still greater preference than was given under previous Tariffs. I should like to know whether the Old Country is in need of this extra preference. If she is not, I see no reason for increasing the duty in the general Tariff, as it will merely have the effect of an extra impost upon those who use these substances. There should be some explanation of the increased preference to Great Britain.

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia - case of a commodity which both the United Kingdom and America can supply, and upon which we do not desire to impose a duty, the only way in which we can give a preference to the United Kingdom is by imposing a duty on imports from America. The articles covered by sub-item a are free from the United Kingdom, and dutiable at 10 per. cent. if imported from America. Provision has been made for a duty of 5 per cent. in the intermediate column, but that will not be operative unless it is made the subject of an agreement, so that it may give us something with which to bargain with a country to which we desire to send the products of Australia.


Senator Lynch - That is a bargaining Tariff?







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