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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (TASMANIA) -Ycs; but that rate can be altered from time to time.

Senator Gardiner - They will not supply them unless they are sold at a certain price.

Senator PAYNE - That may bo so; but that has nothing to do with the phase of the question with which I am dealing. " Apart from the "Big Ben" Company, there is the Ansonia Clock Company and other manufacturers.

Senator Gardiner - And you can guess that they are doing the same.

Senator PAYNE - A clock that could be purchased for 5s. now costs11s. or 12s.,' and if these duties become operative the price will go to 14s.

Senator Elliott - How long has this Tariff been in operation?

Senator PAYNE - For . nearly eighteen months.

Senator Elliott - Then the prices will not be affected.

Senator PAYNE - They would be by a reduction in duties.

Senator Pearce - But the honorable senator said that if these duties become operative the prices ' will be further increased.

Senator PAYNE - The duties have been in operation, but they have not been approved by both Houses of Parliament If increased duties would be the means of finding employment for a large number of men and women, and we had evidence to that effect, the position would be different.

Senator Elliott - But we should give them time to develop.

Senator PAYNE - Surely a duty of 30 per cent., plus freight packing and incidental charges, is ample for an industry of this character. I have been informed on the best authority that whatever industry is established in the future will be an assembling and not a manufacturing one.

Request agreed to.

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