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Wednesday, 23 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - This , item . covers the proposed deferred duty on ships of over 500 tons. The only point in dispute between the two Houses on this item is the date at which, the proposed duties shall become operative. The House of Representatives originally proposed that they should apply after the 1st January, 1933. This Committee requested that their operation should be further deferred until 1925. The House of Representatives now suggests that the date should be 30th June, 1923. I do not propose to> go over the arguments which were used in discussing the item, as the only matter about which there is a difference of opinion between the Houses is as to whether the condition of the shipbuilding industry in Australia requires that the duties should or should not be deferred so long as we previously requested. I move -

That the modifications .and the consequential amendment be agreed to.

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