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Thursday, 14 May 1936


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The intermediate column has been introduced with the object of providing duties which may be imposed on the exports of those countries with which we are able to make favorable trade arrangements. In 1934-35 the exports of cut glass from the United Kingdom to Australia were valued at £33,000; from Czechoslovakia, £49,846; from Germany, £21,000; and from Japan, £2,000. Small exportations from other countries were valued at £13,000. Trade negotiations are now proceeding between the Commonwealth and Czechoslovakia and Germany.


Senator Duncan-Hughes - Is not the Minister dealing with another item?


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Senator Herbert Hays talks of creating a feeling of goodwill. This is a matter of bargaining between Australia and other countries in regard to commodities which each has to sell to the other. The Government has asked Parliament to agree to higher duties under the general tariff than those recommended by the Tariff Board in order to facilitate negotiations with most-favoured nations. That can be done only by a process of bargaining. Negotiations are proceeding with a number of countries, but whether the weapon, which the Government proposes to use, will prove to be a good one, I cannot say at this stage. The principle has been endorsed by the committee in regard to a number of other items which have already been discussed.







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