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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [4.43]. - I assure the committee that had the Tariff Board been charged with the responsibility of negotiating trade treaties, the probability is that it would have recommended the duty which the Government is now asking the committee to retain. As the board was not charged with that responsibility, it naturally was not concerned with bargaining margins. That is the only value which the Government attaches to these duties. It recognizes that there is not a great deal of difference; but the margin is of some value for treaty negotiations.

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