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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) . - Before I record 'my vote on this sub-item I desire some information from the Minister (Senator Russell). I am inclined to agree with Senator Gardiner when he says that one could go through the Tariff, item by item, and find that heavy duties have been imposed merely for protecting some "tin-pot" industry in Victoria. Qf course, this is the result of having the Federal Capital in the city of Melbourne. It is admitted that the merchants and manufacturers in Melbourne can approach Ministers and officials in a way that those in the other States cannot, and, consequently, they are able to receive consideration which is denied to others. t

Senator RUSSELL - Quite as many requests have been received from manufacturers in other States as from Victoria.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I have not seen a single "lobbyist" from Western Australia, but I have been pestered from morning till night by Victorian manufacturers, and that is why I doubt the necessity. of imposing this duty. I would like to know what quantity is manufactured, what it is used for, and whether it is essential to the industry to impose such a duty? If it is not, I intend to move that the House of Repre.° sentatives be requested to reduce the duty to 5 per cent.

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