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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - I hope that the request will not be agreed to. The Government is strongly opposed to any reduction in the preference given under this item to British manufacturers. We get a good deal in return from Great Britain, and we are hoping to get more preferential treatment, especially in connexion with our primary products. I submit that the protection given to the Australian workmen in the assembling of motor chassis is ample. Senator Duncan, who first directed attention to these duties, said that the chassis assembling industry in Australia was prosperous and giving employment to a large number of men. Any proposal to cut down the British preference as against America from 12½ per cent. to 7½ per cent is, to say the least, a very unfriendly gesture towards Britain, and I hope that the commi t tee will not be a party to it.

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