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Friday, 9 March 1928

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) (Honorary Minister) . - I feel sympathetically disposed towards the request submitted by Senator Payne; but, as I am not at the moment in possession of certain essential details, I shall have to give the matter further consideration.

The increased duties proposed by Senator Payne are considerable. The present duties on furs are 15 per cent. British, 15 per cent, intermediate and 20 per cent, general.

Senator Payne - They were imposed only for revenue purposes.

Senator CRAWFORD - That may be so. If the duties on furs are increased to the extent proposed, and those on furred garments, which are 40 per cent. British preference, 50 per cent, intermediate, and 55 per cent, general, are allowed to remain, the request, if adopted, may not accomplish what the honorable senator desires ; furred garments may then be imported in place of furs. As I look further into this matter, I ask that the consideration of the item be postponed. .

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