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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Ship's anti-fouling composition is really a paint. The preferential duty is 4s. per cwt.; it has remained the same since 1908. Is that rate reasonable or fair? I do not think it is high enough. The composition, I understand, is worth £9 per cwt., so that the British Tariff isequivalent to only a little more than 2 per cent. The composition is made in Australia. Seeing that reasonable protection has been afforded in respect of other varieties of paint, I fail to see the fairness of these rates. I understand that the Australian manufacturers have made strong representations to the Minister for Trade and Customs, but that their case has not succeeded with the Government.

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