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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Are cotton tweeds included in this sub-item?

Senator Russell - They are in subitem a (1).


That the House of Representatives be requested to insert a new sub-item, " Cotton tweeds, British, 20 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 30 per cent."

I produce samples of rubbishy cotton tweeds now being imported in large quantities from Japan, Belgium, and Great Britain.

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - In order to prevent the honorable senator from unnecessarily occupying the time of the Committee, I desire to inform him that sub-item a, which has already been exhaustively discussed, includes the article which he is now discussing. The honorable senator is well aware that he cannot be deprived of his rights. If the honorable senator can persuade the majority of the Senate to support the proposal, he will later have an opportunity to get the Bill recommitted, but wecannot, at this stage, retrace our steps.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I submit that there are two ways in which I might deal with the matter now : either by moving the insertion of a new sub-item, or by moving to amend sub-item o.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I take the point of order that, the Chairman having given his decision, Senator Pratten, if he dissents from the ruling, must move accordingly, but cannot discuss it as he* proposes to do.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to show that the article to which I have alluded could be brought within sub-item c.

The CHAIRMAN - As the article- in question comes within sub-item a, with which the Committee has dealt, it cannot be referred to further now.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should like you to consider, sir, whether this article cannot be brought within sub-item o, which deals with " piece goods not elsewhere ineluded?"

The CHAIRMAN - But the article in question is elsewhere included, namely, in sub-item a. The matter cannot be further discussed.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Do I understand that I cannot move the insertion of a new sub-item to include it?

The CHAIRMAN - That is my ruling.

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