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Friday, 15 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I remind honorable senators that tho committee has already passed sub-item e (1), covering unfabricated panels, and has fixed the rate of duty at 6d. per lb. Last night, I accepted a proposal to admit panels free under by-law. Senator Johnston now asks that panels, other than unfabricated panels - and that means fabricated panels - shall be put on a more favorable basis than the unfabricated panels.

Senator Gibson - If this request is agreed to, sub-item e (1) could be recommitted.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Obviously, the two cannot remain. I was prepared to accept by-law admission, but I remind the committee that the Tariff Board stated in its report that it did not want to prohibit the importation of these panels. The small amount of duty will not prevent people who need these panels from getting them. The duty is not heavy; but it is sufficient to prevent a flood of imports and a disturbance of the present position. I ask the committee not to agree to the request..

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