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Wednesday, 9 June 1926

Question - That the request be agreed to - put. The committee divided.

DIVISION:NOES 25 (20 majority) AYES 5 PAIRS 0

Majority...... 20






Questionso resolved in the negative.

Request negatived.

SenatorOGDEN (Tasmania) [8.20].- Petrol engines, which are included in this item, are largely used in country districts for driving electric light plants, shearingmachines, and dairying equipment. I am informed that these engines are manufactured in Great Britain, the United States of America, and also Australia. Those of English manufacture are far superior, but, owing to their costbeing higher, the margin of preference between the duty on British engines and those imported under the general tariff rates is so reduced as to give undue preference to manufacturers of American machines.I am also informed that Aus- tralian-made petrol engines were produced aud sold to country users in large quantities under the 1921 tariff at a lower price than British engines. Under this proposal, British importations will be affected, American importations increased, the standard of countryequipment reduced, and the cost increased. I do not think that it is much use pressing these requests. Those who favour lower duties have been severely dealt with, but at the same time there is no reason why we should not continue to try to secure reductions which we believe are necessary. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item D, ad val., British, 27½ per cent.

Those who favour giving preference to Great Britain could support a request for. a reduction in duty to 27½ per cent., and at the same time provide ample protection to the local industry.

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