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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - On this item the Government has again ignored the recommendation of the Tariff Board in regard to the rates in the general tariff. In its report, dated the 2nd May, 1934, the board recommended -

Under existing conditions, but without primage, reasonable and adequate rates of duty would be, for this item: British, 10 per cent.; general 27½ per cent.

The Government should accept the board's recommendation in respect of the general tariff. I point out that all of these articles are needed by the primary producers. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (a). general, 27½ per cent.

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