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Wednesday, 6 May 1936

Senator GIBSON (Victoria) .- This list of machinery is extraordinary. I have no objection to the proposed reductions of duty; . the Government could not further reduce the rates and has simply observed the Ottawa margin of 15 per cent, in favour of the United Kingdom.

SenatorA. J McLachlan. - These goods have always been admitted under by-law at rates of free British, and 15 per cent, intermediate and general.

Senator GIBSON - I have said that these duties represent the lowest which could be proposed in accordance with the Ottawa agreement. However, why discriminate between machines for primary production and machines for the manufacturers of this country? It is useless to say that machines covered by this item cannot be made in Australia. The whole of these machines could be manufactured here without the slightest trouble.

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