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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I trust that the Government will not yield to this request. I have very good authority for saying that, outof each £800, which is the average cost of building a house for a returned soldier, at least £50 is paid in duties upon the timber used. If we are faced with a problem, it is that of finding houses and homes for our people; and to do anything to make it more difficult to build is a disastrous step.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My request is only a logical corollary of what has already been done. 1

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Let us go back and undo what we have done.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I entirely agree with the honorable senator, and if he will move to recommit the timber duties with a view to reducing them he shall have my support.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In any case, I am against this proposed increase of duty, and I ask Senator Pearce to " stick to his guns."

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