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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- The duties are set out in this form because the industry at present is largely an assembling one. The manufacture of complete cartridges is intended, and that is why there is a duty of only 20 per cent, in the general Tariff. A deferred duty has been imposed so that when complete cartridges are being manufactured greater protection will be afforded.We do not need to give high protection to an assembling industry.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - But January, 1923, is a long time ahead.

Senator PEARCE - The honorable senator thought just now that a low protection was ample for an industry that was meeting practically the whole of our requirements ; but he is now advocating a duty of 30 per cent, to protect what is merely an assembling industry. I quite agree that when an industry has reached the stage when it can manufacture complete cartridges it should be protected with a 30 per cent, duty, but we should not impose such a high Tate until that stage is reached. I therefore ask the Committee to adhere to these rates, and the companies concerned will then have to prove that a higher duty is justified.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - Why not show greater preference to Britain?

Senator PEARCE - That will come when we increase the general Tariff.

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