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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I wish this item had been made free so far as Great Britain is concerned. I speak with no unkindly feeling towards Japan, who supplied us with large quantities of crockery when Britain was otherwise occupied in the war. That, of course, was all to our advantage, and in return, I suppose, Japan took from us hides, wattle bark, coal, and other materials so necessary in her industries. One of my objections to the high general Tariff which has been passed is that it fakes the superior classes of china and similar wares all toocostly. The use of such ware should not be confined to the wealthy, but should be enjoyed by the people of Australia as a whole. The best in the world is good enough for the people I represent, and I would make that beat cheap by reducing the duties. I cannot do that now, but I shall support Senator Duncan in his proposal. The figures of Senator Pearce are sadly convincing of the fact that Britain has lost much of her trade in these goods, and certainly 15 per cent. is ample protection. I should say that breakages in transport add 2 per cent. or 3 per cent. to the natural protection. Why Britishers should wish to impose duties against Britishers I do not know, for certainly I have no desire of that kind.

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