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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I draw the attention of the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) to the position in regard to sub-item c, which relates to the manufacture of doors. These duties were brought down last March twelve months. Since then the timber duties have been increased to the extent of practically 100 per cent., so that it seems to me that unless we increase the duties on doors, at all events, we shall be placing some premium upon their importation, the duties having been first proposed in order to cultivate their localmanufacture. I raise this question more particularly in relation to sub-item c, but my argument also bears on sub-items a and b.

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