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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - It does not follow that, because we may be generally anxious to enter into reciprocal arrangements, we should make specific provision in respect of every item of the Tariff. It is true that there is not a special intermediate rate applied to this item, upon the basis of which bargaining may be undertaken. In order to provide a different rate in the intermediate column, I presume that Senator Duncan would raise the general duties. That, however, would impose penalties upon our own people.

Senator Duncan - Then why not leave the intermediate Tariff at 5s., and make the general rate 7s. 6d.?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Senate did not originally proffer any such request. The Senate desired to make a wider margin between the duty on undressed' timber and that leviable upon timber cut to sizes.

Senator Duncan - I am glad, at any rate, that the House of Representatives has rectified the position.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes. The other House, as I have already mentioned, is anxious to retain the margin of 4s. suggested by this Committee; but it thinks that the Senate's way of doing it would have the effect of penalizing Australian users of these boxes.

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