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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - The Minister knows my attitude upon practically all proposed increases of duty, but it is only fair that I should support an increase in respect of timber for boxmaking. Why should one industry, be singled out? Why should protection be refused in this lone instance? Had Senator Pratten's request for an increase upon the raw material for boxmaking been agreed to, I would not have advocated an increase in connexion with the partly prepared wood. When the amendment was made in another place, Australian firms naturally, and rightly enough, cabled forthwith to have their orders delivered so that full advantage might be taken of the alteration in the Tariff.

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