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Wednesday, 9 June 1926

Senator OGDEN (Tasmania) .- I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duties, sub-item u, ad valorem 274 per cent. British, 35 per cent, intermediate, 40 per cent, general.

I point out to Senator Barwell that, while it is not always wise to attempt to achieve one's end in one effort, the same result may sometimes be achieved gradually. If we can keep this duty within reasonable limits, it may be possible gradually to reduce it, and eventually to remove it entirely. In the meantime, those concerned in this industry might develop greater self-reliance.

Senator Duncan - The honorable senator should preach that doctrine in Tasmania.

Senator OGDEN - Tasmania, with a population of 200,000 persons, has spent £3,500,000 in the development of electrical energy. No other State can show a similar record.

Senator Sir Henry Barwell - We want to make it possible for that energy to be distributed cheaply.

Senator OGDEN - Yes. If it is not considered wise suddenly to abolish the duty, we should inform those engaged in this industry that they can expect no more from us, and that possibly they would do well to expect a good deal less. I hope that the committee will agree to my request.

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