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Thursday, 11 June 1970

Dr J F Cairns (LALOR, VICTORIA) (1:21 AM) I have just a couple of points to make in conclusion. The honourable member for Wakefield (Mr Kelly) has been most euloguistic about the Tariff Board report; it is the best he has ever seen. But nowhere has he given us any indication why he thinks this. He has simply given us his opinion: he has made no attempt to analyse the report or to deal with or refute any of the criticisms of it that I made. He simply gives it his imprimatur. This may be enough for some people, but it is not enough for most.

The Minister has suggested that we may reconsider our decision to vote against the 13th schedule. He pointed out that the temporary duties do not apply unless the 13th schedule is passed, in saying that we would oppose the schedule I mentioned that there were some parts of it thatI did not want to oppose but that rather than separate those parts from other parts, which would have involved a good deal of work and time.I proposed to vote against the whole schedule to show our opposition to the implementation of the proposals arising out of the report. However, for quite a number of reasons, one of which is the time, I do not intend to divide the House on the 13th schedule, and we will let it pass, having made it clear why we oppose it and what parts of it we do oppose.

Schedule agreed to.

Remainder of Bill - by leave - taken as a whole, and agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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