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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - I must point out that the Minister's motion is already before the Committee. The honorable senator must confine his attention to the general Tariff, which the Minister has moved shall be reduced to £2.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - All the honorable senator need do is to negative my proposal, which will leave the general Tariff at £3. Consideration may then be givento the intermediate Tariff.

Senator LYNCH - As the Minister suggests, if we negative his proposal the general Tariff will remain as it is, and we may then adjust the intermediate and British Tariffs on what we consider to be fair lines, retaining the intermediate Tariff at £2. This will provide for some arrangement, if deemed advisable, with Canada and other countries.Unless we do something of the kind manufacturers in these northern countries will be placed in the same position as the manufacturers in one of the Dominions of the Empire. That cannot be justified.

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