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Thursday, 19 November 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I regret that I did not explain quite clearly the undertaking given by the Government to the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (Mr. Curtin). Eight days are to be allowed in which to discuss the schedules, and I understand that this period has been so apportioned that the House of Representatives shall have five days and the Senate three days. I give to honorable senators an assurance that all the protective duties imposed in these schedules are based on Tariff Board reports, but the board has made it clear that revenue duties should be determined by the Government. I do not propose to deal with the merits of the Government's policy to-day. All that I am asking the Senate to do is to agree to a fortnight's extension of the period during which the schedules shall be dealt with by the Parliament. No good purpose will be served at this juncture in discussing the merits or demerits of the Government's trade diversion policy.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without requests or debate.

Standing and Sessional Orders suspended; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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