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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- I hope the Minister will not think that I am assisting my colleagues from New South Wales inorder to delay, a vote on this matter. I think that a vote should be taken. I suggest a compromise, because I realize that an increase from 5s. to 10s. per 100 super, feet is a big jump. The increase in the duty on the raw material imported for boxmaking has entirely altered the position of this particular business.

Senator Pearce - I have already said that I cannot do what is asked. I must stand by the Tariff.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Why not postpone the item ?

Senator Pearce - Why not take a vote on it? Because the honorable senator cannot get his own way he thinks we should wind up the business at once, but other people have some rights.

Senator GARDINER - I am prepared to take a vote, though I think that the Minister would be well advised to agree to a compromise. I shall not say any more.

Senator de Largie - There are means of putting an end to the discussion if honorable senators persist in " stonewalling."

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