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Thursday, 17 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - The honorable senator will recognise that I would have considerable difficulty in saying why this Chamber took a certain action. It is much more difficult for me to say why the other House did a certain thing. I understand that the other House supported the higher duty in sub-item c on the ground that the articles mentioned there were more complicated, and that more work and skill were involved in making them than in making gas meters. For these reasons I understand that the other House supported the Minister in dissenting from the Senate's request for a lower duty. Senator Thomas has suggested that the Committee should go below 30 per cent. It cannot do that, because 30 per cent, was the request from the Senate itself.

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