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Thursday, 1 September 1921


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) . - I suggest that the duty should be allowed to stand as it is.


Senator Drake-Brockman - Will the Government be prepared to accept a reduction of the British preferential rate to 27½ per cent.?


Senator PEARCE - Not in regard to this sub-item. It does not affect the primary producers. Senator Gardiner was wrong in supposing that it applied to motor vehicle parts generally. It relates only to wheels and parts of wheels used by railways and tramways. The difference of 10 per cent, maintained between the intermediate column and the general column is a very valuable concession to any country with which we may make a reciprocal arrangement.







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