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Friday, 2 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- The position in regard to South Africa is that the reciprocal arrangement is to be repealed by the Customs Tariff Bill now before Parliament. The clause of the measure which annuls that reciprocal arrangement will not come into operation until the Bill is finally passed and assented to. It is not in that respect like Tariff resolutions which become operative immediately they are tabled. On the Customs Tariff Bill being assented to, negotiations will be opened with South Africa to enable the present or a like arrangement to continue under the conditions of the intermediate Tariff. The question which Senator Rowell raises in connexion with brandy will be a matter for negotiation in deciding upon the terms of the arrangement. The Customs officers inform me that, at present, under this arrangement very little brandy is coming in from South Africa.

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