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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understand that the honorable senator is asking the Government to make reciprocal trade arrangements with New Zealand. I point out that it is not competent for one party to a reciprocal arrangement to answer such a question.

Senator Wilson - Some one must

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Commonwealth Government have made a start by the offer extended through the intermediate Tariff in the schedule to the Customs Tariff Bill. That is an intimation to New Zealand and other portions of the Empire of the attitude which the Commonwealth Government take up.

Senator Keating - Similar provision is made in the New Zealand Tariff.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) -I was not aware of that; but if it be so, and there should be any desire on both sides to take advantage of these intermediate Tariffs, the making of reciprocal' arrangements with New Zealand should not be difficult.

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