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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) . - I am surprised at the attitude of the Minister (Senator Crawford). The committee is entitled to an indication from the Government as to how it intends to treat a request for the amendment of an item, and as he is in charge of the bill we look to him for information that mav be of help to us in coming to a determination.

Senator Lynch - What does Senator Findley think of the proposal?

Senator FINDLEY - On the evidence put forward by Senator Duncan, the request seems to be a very reasonable one. There seems to be an anomaly in the schedule which ought to be rectified. Protective duties are imposed on batteries if they are not imported attached to chassis, but if they are imported attached to chassis they are admitted free from

Great Britain and pay 1\ per cent, under the intermediate tariff and per cent, under the general tariff . Senator Duncan's proposal to treat all batteries, whether associated with or separate from chassis in the same way, is reasonable, and in view of the fact that the Minister seems disposed to accept the request there ought not to be much division of opinion in the committee in regard to it.

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