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Wednesday, 6 May 1936

Senator HARDY - I can name several which cannot be manufactured in Australia.

Senator GIBSON - Any class of machinery can be manufactured here. The rate of the general tariff on these machines is 15 per cent., as compared with 45 per cent, on reapers and binders, hay-rakes and mowers. Such a distinction is anomalous. Why should not the primary producer, who exports his products, be given at least the same measure of consideration in this matter, as is given to the manufacturer? If the latter were exporting his products, I could understand this distinction being made, but when he is receiving the benefit of protection of the goods made with this machinery, he should not be given concessions on his plant over and above the concessions given to primary producers. I think there is something radically wrong in the schedule.

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