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Tuesday, 8 June 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Aus tralia) . - When this item was before another place, the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Pratten) moved to reduce the British rate on road-making and stone-crushing machinery, in sub-item d, from 35 per cent, to 30 per cent., but next day he changed his mind and allowed the rate to remain unaltered. It is my purpose to ask the Senate to agree to a request that the British preferential duty on road-making and stone-crushing machinery be 27½ per cent.

Senator Duncan - I cannot understand Senator Needham moving for a reduction.

Senator NEEDHAM - When I spoke on the second reading, I did not commit myself to every increase in the schedule. The proposed duty on stone-crushing and road-making machinery will seriously affect Western Australia.

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