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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - If Senator Lynch's request is agreed to, it will mean that all hope of giving preference to British . manufacturers will disappear, and it will throw open the Australian market to cars from America, Belgium, and Germany, when we resume trade with the last-mentioned country.

Senator Lynch - What about a little bit of preference to the poor devil in the back country ?

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I cannot understand the attitude of some honorable senators. Time after time in the debate on this Tariff we have been told that the " poor fellow in the back country " can scarcely afford to buy a. suit of clothes, but now we hear that he wants a motor car. The Committee has swallowed without protest the duties on motor bodies.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - Because they are built here.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Now we are setting about to dissipate all possible hope of giving preference to Great Britain and to give an advantage to a country which itself has a duty of 33½ per cent, on chassis.

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