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Thursday, 9 August 1906

Mr FULLER (ILLAWARRA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understand the Minister to say that he is prepared to give away the reports of the Tariff Commission which relate to duties on spirits. Will he do the same thing in connexion with the two reports handed to the Prime Minister last night dealing with stripper harvesters and agricultural implements and machinery?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I said all reports, both those already "sent in. and those to be sent in. I wish to qualify my answer by saying that it was given on the spur of the moment, and without consultation with the Prime Minister or the Treasurer; but I do not think that the cost of doing what I have suggested would be much, and, if I can get them to consent to the distribution of these reports without charge, I shall do so.

Mr FULLER - Will the Minister have the reports to which I have referred printed and circulated amongst members of Parliament at the earliest possible moment ?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I must first take time to read them. The reports are lengthy, and I am not sure that it would be judicious to publish the recommendations contained in. them until action has been taken by the Government in the matters referred to.

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