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Wednesday, 19 May 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - I take it that the object of the bill is to amend the Customs tariff, and I regard this as a favorable opportunity to discuss the matter at some length. I have taken a keen interest in tariff questions for a number of years. The bill proposes to increase the tariff in certain directions and decrease it in others, but I point out that the existing tariff does notprotect Australian industries.

Senator Pearce - I rise to a point of order. Is the honorable senator in order in proceeding to discuss, on the first reading of what I understand is a money bill, theprinciples of the measure itself ? I am under the impression that the practice of the Senate is that, in such circumstances, the principles embodied in the bill may not be discussed.

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