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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - As Senator Hardy has pointed out, the committee has registered two different decisions on the same principle. At an earlier stage, the Government succeeded in establishing the principle of an intermediate tariff, in order to facilitate negotiations for trade arrangements with other countries. The vote just taken reverses that decision, but I take it that the com mittee intended that vote to apply only to glass. I cannot abandon, without instructions from Cabinet, the attempt to create a position of advantage for Australia, in the conduct of negotiations for trade treaties. There may be something in Senator Johnston's suggestion that the vote on the previous sub-item shall apply to glassware generally; but if he intends that it shall operate in regard to other items also, I cannot consent. I shall have to seek a division on each item. I remind honorable senators that the requests which will go to the House of Representatives should show some consistency in regard to principle.

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