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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - On what principle does the Minister (Senator E. D. Millen) agree to the proposed modification, seeing that there is no consistency in his general attitude? Ican only presume that some of his most, influential supporters must be interested in these timber duties. What is there of a really beneficial character in the suggested modification ? Is it not, after all, another compromise?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - No. The modification virtually concedes what this Committee desired, to secure in its request; but, in another way, and in a manner which will not be harmfulto local interests.

Senator GARDINER - It would appear, then, that the House of Representatives is a better judge of what the Senate wants than are honorable senators themselves. It is another case of saying, " Yes, gentlemen of the House of Representatives," and it is of no use for me to protest.

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