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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I do not think it necessary for me to remind theCommittee of a position which has arisen in connexion with this matter. The other House, against the wish of the Government, decided that the intermediate and general duty on newsprint should be £3 per ton, and that British importations should be free. The Senate decided to reduce the intermediate and general duties to £2 per ton in each case, leaving the British preferential column unaltered. When the request went to the other Chamber, honorable members followed the example that has been tendered by some honorable senators, and stood fast to the original proposal. As the other House has twice declared in favour of the higher rate, I ask the Committee to support the motion which I now move -

That the request be not pressed.

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