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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I cannot show the honorable senator how he can do that, because it would be a course of procedure which is opposed to our Standing Orders. But I can show him how he will be afforded an opportunity of voting on the three propositions before us, if he so desires. The first proposal is to increase the duty upon sub-items a and b. Honorable senators who are in favour of the duty remaining as it was under the previous Tariff will vote against that proposal. Then the proposition to be determined will be one to omit sub-item g. The honorable senator will be at liberty to vote for or against that. The only other alternative is that we should impose a different rate of duty in respect of sub-items a and b ; and if any honorable senator desires that, now is the time for him to submit a further amendment.

Senator Millen - The Minister is only trifling with the question. Let him assume that his amendment is defeated, and that later on the proposal in the Bill is carried. My vote upon his amendment might have enabled him to carry it.

Senator PEARCE - I understand that the honorable senator desires to impose. a higher rate of duty in respect of subitem g.

Senator Millen - No. That is not what I want, and the Minister must see it.

Senator PEARCE - I confess that I do not see it.

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