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Thursday, 24 June 1937

Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the Minister .representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government received the following resolution, reported to have been carried unanimously at a recent meeting of the Joint Committee for Tariff Revision : - " This meeting, having been fully informed and having discussed the reported intention of the Commonwealth Government to appoint an advisory tariff committee consisting of a departmental officer as chairman, the secretary of the Associated Chambers of Manufactures of Australia, and the director of the Australian Association of British Manufacturers, to make recommendations to the Minister in respect of the framing of new by-laws and the amendment or abolition of existing bylaws - strongly protests against the appointment of a committee so constituted on the ground that the p*id representatives of sectional interests are not the proper persons to be entrusted with this important part of tariff administration.

This meeting is also of the opinion that the appointment of the committee is in direct conflict with the declared policy of the Ministry that it will not make drastic tariff changes or increase existing duties without reference to the Tariff Board.

This meeting, therefore, requests the Federal Government to refrain from proceeding with the establishment of the proposed advisory tariff committee"?

2.   If the proposed tariff advisory committee is appointed, will a direct representative of the primary industries of Australia he included in its members?

3.   If not, why not?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answers to the honorable senator's questions : -

1.   Yes. 2 and 3. The question of direct representation on the advisory colomittee of primary industries does not arise.

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