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Thursday, 17 November 1921

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

That the request be not pressed.

In the 1914 Tariff the duties on this item were 20 and 25 per cent. In the present Tariff, as it reached this Committee, the duties were22½, 30, and 35 per cent. The Senate's request was for 15 per cent., 25 per cent., and 30 per cent. The Committee's decision, therefore, made the British preferential duty 5 per cent, lower than it was in pre-war days. I submit that that is cutting the matter too fine. In every other direction duties are being raised, but in this particular case the Committee cut them down.

Senator Drake-Brockman - The articles mentioned in this item 'are imported from America, not from Great Britain.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In that case the British preferential duty will not apply.

Senator Drake-Brockman - The Committee ought to encourage the importation of these goods from Great Britain.

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