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Tuesday, 5 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I cannot allow the remarks of SenatorJohnston to pass without comment, because the circumstances in the twoinstances he mentions are entirely different. The Government feels that, under the Ottawa agreement, Parliament must accept the recommendations of the Tariff Board in connexion with the cement duties, but the request moved by the honorable senator relates not to the British preferential duties but to certain duties under the general tariff which are not affected by that agreement. If thehonorable senator's request were adopted benefit would accrue only to the United States of America and Canada, and the effect upon the financial position of the Commonwealth would be serious.

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