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Tuesday, 8 June 1926


Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - I am sorry that I cannot accept the honorable senator's requested amendment, much as I sympathize with the policy of British preference. The effect of his request, if granted, would be to give British manufacturers a preference worth, on the figures for the last three years, about £700 per annum at a cost to the dairying industry in Australia of about £17,000.


Senator Duncan - No; my proposal is to allow British separators to come in free.


Senator CRAWFORD - The Government's proposal is to. remove the duties.

Last year our imports of British cream separators totalled £8,669, and of foreign separators £169,201. A duty of 10 per cent, on the latter figure would amount to over £16,000. The Government proposes to allow separators to be imported free. The honorable senator is asking to much of the committee in requesting that the item be amended in the manner proposed.







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