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Wednesday, 16 November 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I do not wish, further to debate the merits of this case, but I would like some information. If the Minister's mo- tion be adopted, shall I be prevented from moving any further modification in the duty, say, from1d. to¾d. a lb. ?

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - In the event of the Minister's motion being agreed to, the honorable senator could not then submit his proposed modification.

Senator LYNCH - It appears, then, that if the Committee insists upon pressing the request upon another place, it will be the subject of a conference, and that the same will apply to other items that may be dealt with in the same way.

Senator Foster - Is it not usual in such cases to allow the matter at issue to be the subject of a compromise in conference?

Senator LYNCH - That is so, and that is what may happen if I do not proceed with my suggested amendment. Some honorable senators may not be in favour of the duty of1d. per. lb., but would be prepared to split the difference.

The CHAIRMAN -The honorable senator has the right to move any modification of the request.

Senator LYNCH - But I am waiving that right now, Mr. Chairman, on the assumption that it will be the subject of a conference subsequently between the two Houses of the Legislature.

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