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Thursday, 17 November 1921

Senator EARLE (Tasmania) - I would like the Committee to compromise on this question. Evidently the Senate has made up its mind, judging by the last vote. There is a considerable difference between the duties fixed by the House of Representatives and those decided on by this Chamber. I move -

That the motion be amended by leaving out the words " not pressed " with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words "modified by making the duties per ton, British, 55s.; intermediate, 75s.; and general, 95s."

That would, probably, meet with the approval of a majority of honorable senators, and might also be acceptable to the other Chamber.

Senator Lynch - Cannot the Board recommend increasing the duty?

Senator EARLE -It would be too late if the industry had been destroyed. If rather a high duty is fixed, the Board can report on it, and a lower protection may be decided upon.

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