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Wednesday, 16 November 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I understood you were good enough, Mr. Chairman, to permit a few general remarks upon the item now before the Committee.

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - By no means. There cannot be a general debate. The Minister (Senator E. D. Millen) made a few general remarks to clarify the position, and the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Gardiner) reasonably claimed a similar privilege, and spoke very briefly. But I must indicate that it would be singularly unwise and distinctly out of order if the whole question of Free Trade versus Protection were re-opened. I must, therefore, ask honorable senators, so far as they can, to confine their remarks to the question before the Chair. As a matter of fact, in the particular item before us everything is to be free in all columns,and we are discussing only the modification made in another place. There can be no general debate.

Senator LYNCH - However able the two worthy senators referred to may be to represent the views of their respective parties, they fall short of giving expression to every opinion, of the members of those parties. I desire to speak on the question of whether we should press our requests or accept the modifications desired by the other House. I hope I shall have an opportunity later on of stating my views.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator may make any remarks which have relation to any particular modification as it comes before the Committee, and he will also have the full exercise of the rights which are inherent in his position.

Motion agreed to.

Item 52-

Fruits, fresh, viz.: -

(a)   Bananas .... And on and after 19th May, 1921, per lb.,1d.

Senate's Request.- Per lb.,½d.

House of Representatives' Message- Not made.

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