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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I have been puzzling my brains to see how the matter could come up again when the Bill comes back to us from another place unless an item for our reconsideration contains these words. We might solve the difficulty by requesting their omission from an item now, and thus make sure that they will come before us again. I do not complain about the Minister (Senator Pearce) not carrying out Senator Russell's assurance, which was given in order to prevent the discussion of this matter at an earlier stage. We are now told that the question is to be referred to- the Tariff Board. I expected something of the sort, and that when the assurance was given by Senator Russell it was really the last opportunity honorable senators would have of dealing with the matter. Had we dealt with it then we had . it in our own hands, but now the chance has gone, and tha decision will rest, not with this Chamber, but with the Tariff Board.

Senator Pearce - No; it is still in our own hands.

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