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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - In dealing with paragraph 4 of sub-item d an alteration in the measure of British preference originally proposed was made in another place. As originally introduced the Tariff gave a clear preference of 10 per cent, to Great Britain, but, in accordance with an amendment carried in another place, on. and after the 1st July last that preference was reduced to 5 per cent. I desire to have the preference to Great Britain on unassembled chassis restored to 10 per cent., and for that purpose I am prepared to move that unassembled chassis should be admitted free from Great Britain and be dutiable in the intermediate Tariff at 5 per cent. , whilst I would leave the general Tariff as proposed in the schedule. On assembled chassis I am prepared to move that the duty in the British preferential column be reduced from7½ per cent, to 2½ per cent., that in the intermediate column from 10 per cent, to7½ per cent., and I would leave the duty in the general column as it stands. If all these proposals do not meet with the approval of the Minister I shall be satisfied if such alterations are made as will give imports from Great Britain a clear preference of 10 per cent, over imports under the general Tariff.

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