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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I direct attention to the fact that a proposal is now made to impose relatively a lower rate of duty on the paper included in paragraph 2 of subitem c than that imposed on newsprint under paragraph 1. This is really a proposal to impose a lower duty on the better paper used for the same purpose as that covered by paragraph 1. 1 shall not object if the Government persist in pushing their hands against people who might add to the revenue through these Customs duties, but I shall not fail, when they reach out for further revenue by the imposition of duties on the absolute necessities of life to ordinary people, to say that I cannot reconcile their action with this consideration for newspaper proprietors.

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