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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - I had expected a vigorous protest against this proposal from all parts of the Chamber.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -brockman. - What is the use of protesting against any increase in the duties?

Senator PAYNE - It is universally admitted that every encouragement should be given to the use of the motor vehicle. In other countries of the world it is recognised that, in connexion with commercial undertakings, the use of motor vehicles is essential.

Senator Elliott - Is the honorable senator aware that factories for the manufacture of chassis are to be established here ?

Senator PAYNE - I do not think that it is worth while to discuss the sub-item from that point of view. It was admitted in another place, and, I think, will be admitted here, that at present we are compelled to import chassis for motor vehicles.

Senator Pearce - They are being assembled here.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - The Minister is now supporting a proposed increase in the duty on unassembled chassis.

Senator Pearce - Yes, for the reasons I have given.

Senator PAYNE - Any increase in the taxation on this sub-item will, I am sure, be resented throughout the Commonwealth.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - By whom?

Senator PAYNE - By the people generally. I am not suggesting that it would be resented by the man who has three or four motor cars for his own pleasure. We know that the use of motor vehicles has assisted in the development of the back country to a greater extent than any other means of locomotion we have had. Men settled at a distance from centres of population are satisfied to remain where they are, merely be cause they have been able to secure a motor vehicle at a reasonable price, in which they can come to the nearest centre to transact their business. I had no idea that Senator Pratten would fall in o completely with the Minister's suggestion. I should have been prepared to support a request for a reduction of the duties in the British preferential and intermediate columns, but I hope that the request new before the Committee will not be agreed to.

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