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Friday, 2 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .-We were all delighted to hear the Acting Treasurer's statement, particularly as it followed upon the somewhat dismal picture that was painted during the reading of correspondence earlier in the sitting. I am glad that the financial outlook is improving. As I stated when speaking on the Tariff last night, I am concerned with the Tariff, less as a revenue producer, except in regard to Excise duties, and import duties on beer, spirits, and narcotics, than as a means of giving advantages to Australia's industries. Perhaps one of the causes of the 'big increase in Customs revenue are the high prices which are operating at the present time, and which, unfortunately, the people have to pay. I am hoping for the time when prices will decrease,but I candidly admit that those persons who are in the best position to judge do not anticipate any material decrease in the near future. I should like the Acting Treasurer to inform the House of the order of business for next week. Honorable members should know whether we are to proceed with the Tariff or with the Navigation Bill and the Passports Bill, so that they may come prepared accordingly.

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