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Thursday, 17 November 1921


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I ask the Committee by not pressing this request to remedy an error which it has admitted that it committed. The Committee, as a result of an amendment submitted by an honorable senator, reduced the general Tariff from 40 to 35 per cent., but when subsequent amendments were proposed in the intermediate Tariff to provide for corresponding reductions the Committee, having recovered itself, -declined to comply.


Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Cannot we now make the intermediate Tariff 30 per cent. ?


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am not quite certain of that. The Senate agreed with the other House in regard to that column of" the item. I would not like to speak definitely on that point. When the Senate sent that request on I cannot believe that it really wanted a reduction in the general Tariff which would throw it out of proportion to the other items. When the Senate declined to amend the intermediate and preferential Tariff, it really approved of the Tariff to that extent. All that remains to be done now is to undo what the Committee did in regard to the general Tariff, and that can be achieved by not pressing the request previously submitted. I move -

That the request be not pressed.







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