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Tuesday, 30 August 1921


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I feel certain the Committee will not request the duties suggested by the honorable senator. In the 1908-11 Tariff the duty was only 4s., and in the 1914-15 Tariff it was 5s. The Inter-State Commission, which inquired into this industry, recommended a duty of 4s. We must not forget that the Australian export trade is affected, because rabbit crates, fruit boxes, and other containers for our produce would come under this item.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - But those crates and boxes are made out of local timbers.


Senator PEARCE - Yes, but the fact that there is a possible competitor must have a steadying effect upon local prices. There is such a thing as a combination possible, and reasonable duties are the best check we can have against any such understanding. This industry has been carried on under a duty of 4s.







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