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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) . - I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty sub-item (b), intermediate, ad val., 35 per cent.

I am asking for a reduction of 10 per cent, in the intermediate column, because I do not accept the vote just given as the final verdict of the Committee in this matter. I realize that many honorable senators, who are anxious to impose a heavy Tariff to guard against the possibility of importations from Germany, and even America, are also desirous of enabling the Government to: be in a position to negotiate in regard to the importations from other countries for the purpose of obtaining concessions in respect to the entry of Australian goods into those countries. The highest duty imposed in the majority of the iron items manufactured in this country is 35 per cent, in the intermediate column, and I am endeavouring to bring this duty into line with that rate.

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