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Wednesday, 16 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - Here again I move -

That the request be not pressed.

As the Tariff came first to the Senate it proposed that calico for bag-making, should be free from Great Britain with the desire - laudable, but mistaken in this case - to assist trade with the Mother Country. The Senate requested that duties of 5 per cent. in the intermediate and 15 per cent. in the general Tariff should be imposed, leaving importations from Great Britain free. The information supplied by the Department of Trade and Customs is that this particular calico is not imported from Great Britain.

Senator Payne - Yes, it is.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am giving the information supplied by reliable and responsible officers of the Department. I have no doubt that it is given, as I accept it, in good faith. I am informed that this particular kind of calico is imported from America. Honorable senators will see that if my information is correct, the reason which actuated them in imposing duties of 5 and 15 per cent. in the intermediate and general columns does not operate, and the effect of their request, if agreed to, would be merely to increase the charges upon those who use these calico bags for the marketing of their produce.

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