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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - The Minister's statement does not help the case for the retention of the general rate of 20 per cent. Senator Pearce admits that these scientific appliances are being made in countries which were recently our allies.

Senator Pearce - We can enter into trade arrangements with Prance and bring the products of that country under the intermediate Tariff.

Senator LYNCH - I am fully aware of the sentiment of Australia, and of the British people generally, towards Germany, and I know the feelings of the people of the Empire towards our late allies ; but there is truth in the aphorism that the allies of to-day are our enemies of to-morrow, and vice versa.

Senator Pearce - Great Britain will not he our enemy to-morrow.

Senator LYNCH -Why should we admit that Great Britain cannot stand up to German competition?

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The people of Britain do not think that they are unable to do so. They do not protect themselves with one penny of duty.

Senator LYNCH - The Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) once said that this country would not trade again with Germany, but that prejudice has already begun to crumble.Force of necessity now compels us to turn attention in the direction of our former enemy. But common sense should guide this Legislature. There should he a limit upon the penalties imposed on our own people in the direction of giving preference to the British people. These articles cannot be produced here. The Government are placing upon those persons of scientific mind and those institutions which require the appliances a tax to the extent of practically one-fifth of the value of the appliances. And all merely to give expression to a prejudice! Even so, however, there is no consistency, for the rates set down in the schedule will have the effect of penalizing friendly nations. I move -

That the House of Representatives he requested to make the duty, general, ad val., 10 per cent.

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