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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I rise merely to draw attention to the marvellous progress of this industry, and the kaleidoscopic suddenness with which it has sprung into being. Only a little while ago- it was not worth protecting, as in April last importations of this commodity were admitted free from all countries; but when the subject was discussed in another place, and it was discovered that it was an industry of feeble dimensions, certain rates were imposed. In the light of the further information submitted, it would now appear that this is rather a robust industry.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That was not the Government view in April last, but the opinion which was held in March of last year. Since then development has taken place.

Senator LYNCH - It is wonderful what happens in this country in twelve months, and it is astonishing to hear such an argument advanced from the Ministerial table. We are naturally holding our breath and wondering what is likely to happen next. I wish we had had a similar Ministerial declaration long ago; but, alas, it is now too late. I am not going to do anything to injure this industry, but am merely pointing out that the Government have adopted this attitude when it is too late.

Request agreed to.

Request (by Senator Elliott) agreed to-

That the House of Representatives be requested to further amend sub-item (a) by leaving out the words " And on and after 1st January, 1022."

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