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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - Local producers of twine are supplying almost the whole of the demand. Before the war the importations totalled 9,000 cwt. per annum; but in 1919-20 the importations were only 2,600 cwt., valued at about £17,000, and amounting to only about 5 per cent, of Australia's total requirements. In 1911 the duty was 5s. In the 1914 Tariff, rates of 6s. and 7s. were imposed, and those duties still hold good. , The present ad valorem equivalent of the general rate is 5 per cent. I cannot support the request.

Request negatived.

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