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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) . - Subject to the rate of progress being maintained, the Senate should be able to rise as usual at 4 o'clock, but I am unable to say definitely, because one honorable senator might unduly prolong the debate upon an. item.. I should say that, short of actual obstruction, we should be able to adjourn at 4 o'clock, but if there is a disposition to obstruct, it must be overcome. Before the luncheon adjournment Senator Pratten asked me whether the fixed duties in this item bear a proper relation to the ad valorem duties in the previous item. The Customs officials tell me that in each case the fixed duties correlate, as closely as possible, to the ad valorem duties.

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