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Tuesday, 30 August 1921


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I fail to see why the duty imposed in the British preferential column on sub-item g is not a little lower. Whoever designed these items did so apparently with a view to reciprocal arrangements being made with New Zealand or Canada.


Senator Pearce - The duty in the British preferential column is not operative.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - We have, time after time, passed British preferential duties which are not operative in any shape or form., but which we were told might become operative by reciprocal arrangement. .


Senator Pearce - Not a foot of timber has been imported from Great Britain in the last seven years, so why waste time over the matter?


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am perfectly aware that any duty imposed in the British preferential column would not be operative, because no timber is being imported from Great Britain ; but we have already passed many duties in the British preferential column which are also inoperative.


Senator Pearce - Rather than waste time over the matter, I will agree to a request for a reduction of the duty in the British preferential column.

Request (by Senator Pratten) agreed to-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (g), per 100 super. feet, British, 3s.







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