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Wednesday, 10 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) .- I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (a), general, per lb.,1½d.

It is hardly necessary to repeat the arguments advanced in favour of the proposition that has just been defeated, and which, in a sense, I supported; but I would point out that if the Government's proposal is retained the schedule will contain a serious anomaly, injuriously affecting the manufacturers of paraffine wax candles in respect to the ratio between the duty on the raw material and that upon the finished article. The Government have increased the duty on the raw material by1d. per lb., while the increase on the candles themselves is only ½d. per lb. My object is to preserve the balance fairly by making the duty upon the raw material what the Government originally intended it should be.

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