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Thursday, 3 December 1936

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - This is a very long and comprehensive schedule, and, under it, most of the increases have been made by the application of specific duties instead of duties on an ad valorem basis. I am opposed to all of these increases for reasons which I dealt with fully in my second-reading speech last night, and particularly because they have not been referred to the Tariff Board. I do not propose to repeat the other reasons now. I think that the Government made a great mistake in imposing heavy duties on textiles, the product of a neighbouring powerful nation in the Pacific, in a manner which has acted to the detriment of our export industries. To show my disapproval of the Government's action, I move -

That the House ofRepresentatives be requested to leave out the item.

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