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Wednesday, 17 August 1921

The CHAIRMAN - I must call the honorable senator's attention to the fact that the time allowed to him under the standing order has expired.

Senator GARDINER - I very much regret that the standing order prevents one from concluding his argument.

Senator Lynch - At what stage will I be in order in moving the request of which I have given notice?

The CHAIRMAN - The procedure followed is. to take motions for requests in connexion with the general Tariff first. Senator Duncan's motion is to request the House of Representatives to increase the general Tariff to 120s. in lieu of 80s., and if the Senate agrees to that motion it will not be possible for Senator Lynch to move that the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty at a lower rate, because the duty will have already been fixed by a decision of. the Committee at 120s. On the other hand, if Senator Duncan's amendment is negatived the honorable senator can submit his request.

Senator Lynch - Under that arrangement the only choice before the Committee is between Senator Duncan's request for an increase and the Government's proposal, as set out in the Tariff.

The CHAIRMAN - If Senator Duncan's motion is negatived, Senator Lynch will be in order in submitting a request to reduce the duty.

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