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Friday, 29 July 1921


The CHAIRMAN - I must ask honorable senators not to make more than a passing allusion to items which have already been dealt with.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am endeavouring to deal only with the financial effect of the request before the Committee. Let us assume, to be on the safe side, that the effect of the increase which the Committee has already requested another place to make, will be to swell the revenue approximately by £50,000, entirely from foreign beers. The duty on animals, which we want to abolish, and which the Minister appeals to us to retain for revenue purposes, will not amount, in any one year, on his own showing, on the average importations which have taken place, to more than about £1,000.


Senator Russell - The amount is not important to me at all, but I am worrying about the general application of the principle of admitting free all articles that we do not produce in Australia.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I admit it. I was merely replying to the Minister's appeal to the Committee to retain the duty for revenue purposes. It is clear that, already, the receipts from the Tariff, if our requests are accepted, will be considerably more than the Government anticipated. We have, therefore, an ample margin for a reduction on some of what Senator Guthrie has described as stupid duties.

Question - That the request (Senator Guthrie's) be agreed to - put.







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