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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- The words referred to by the honorable senator are necessary, because item 416 provides that " metal furniture for public hospitals which cannot reasonably be manufactured within the Commonwealth, as prescribed by departmental by-laws" shall be free under the British and intermediate Tariffs, and dutiable at 20 per cent, under the general Tariff.

Senator Payne - But that cannot apply to wooden furniture.

Senator PEARCE - Quite so; but the words referred to by Senator Senior are included in sub-item a, in order to make the position quite clear.

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