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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) . - There was one matter which the Government had under consideration when this item was previously before the Committee, but upon which our inquiries had not been completed. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend paragraph (1) of sub-item (f), by adding the following words: - "And on and after 1st July, 1023, ad val., British, 20 per cent. ; intermediate, 25 per cent. ; general, 30 per cent."

There is one firm at least that has already placed orders for a large extension of its factory and machinery for the purposes of manufacturing the articles covered by this paragraph. The Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) had the case investigated, and while the duties proposed are, as honorable senators will see, lower than some of the duties agreed to upon similar articles, it is considered that they will be sufficient to establish . the manufacture of this line of goods in the Commonwealth in sufficient quantity to supply the needs of Australia. The item will be subject to clause 11 of the Bill, andif it cannot be demonstrated that the needs of Australia for this article can be supplied at the date fixed, the imposition of the duty can be further deferred.

Request agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a further request.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can I now raise another matter for the consideration of the Minister ?

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