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Thursday, 3 December 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I move - :

That the bill be now read a second time.

Its object is to give effect to the tariff alterations which have become necessary consequent upon the trade agreements with Czechoslovakia and Belgium, which agreements have already had the approval of this chamber. The principal alteration is the provision of intermediate tariff rates under certain items for the benefit of those two countries. However, where an intermediate tariff rate has been provided in relation to goods subject to protective duties, it is at a level which is not lower than that which the Tariff Board considers necessary for the protection of Australian industry against importations from foreign countries. In a small number of cases outside the scope of the trade agreements with Czechoslovakia and Belgium, items have been amended. These were instances in which the items were included in the same Tariff Board report as items under the trade agreement in question. Special notation has been made of these cases in the memorandum circulated for the information of honorable senators. As the Senate has already agreed to the bills relating to the trade agreements with Czechoslovakia and Belgium, it is necessary to invite honorable senators to agree to the present bill in order to enable the Government to give effect to the agreements as approved. In passing this bill, therefore, the Senate will be only carrying out that which it has already approved.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2 (Amendment of tariff).

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