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Wednesday, 23 November 1921


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -BROCKM AN . - No doubthe does not approve of what I am saying.


Senator Earle - I speak on behalf of the farmer. I hope the honorable senator will not be successful in doingwhat he suggests.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I submit that it is open to this Committee to alter its decision with regard to the absurd duties on superphosphates. It is possible that some honorable senators, upon reconsideration of the position, have come to the conclusion that the duties will work a serious injury to the farming community of Australia. If they have, they should be given an opportunity to express an opinion on the subject. If in order, I intend to move as an amendment -

That in the general Tariff "25 per cent." he left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " free."

If this amendment is carried I shall move subsequently to make the intermediate and British Tariffs free also.


Senator Earle - I rise to a point of order, I should like to know if it is competent for any honorable senator to attempt to reverse a decision previously arrived at by this Committee and indorsed by another place. Both Houses have agreed to the duties on superphosphates. The only suggestion made by another place is that manures other than superphosphates manufactured within the British Empire should be moved from the dutiable list.


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Although Senator Earle's contention would distinctly favour my present purpose, I feel that its indorsement would be far too serious a matter for the Senate. I admit that in Committee we cannot re-open a question in respect of which both Houses have agreed; but the question under review is associated with item 403, which deals with' manures. I remind honorable senators that we made a suggestion with regard to this item which was accepted by another place with the qualification that is set out in the modification now before us.


Senator Earle - Not as regards superphosphates.


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I submit that all the different classes of manures are so interwoven that they cannot be separated-, and that the message received from another place with a condition attached, places the whole subject entirely at the disposal of this Committee again. If honorable senators will throw their minds back they will remember similar circumstances in respect of other items, and realize that when the other House suggests something with a modification, it is competent for this Committee to accept it, or, on the other hand, rather than accept it, to withdraw its original request. I submit, therefore, that anything associated with the proposed duties or the absence of duties upon manures, as in this item, is open to review.







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