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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator EARLE (Tasmania) .- I do not like this practice of anticipating the establishment of industries. If a factory were already established, there might be some justification for imposing duties before the articles made dutiable were actually produced; but to give importers of goods notice that in 1922 heavy duties will be imposed upon them necessarily offers them an opportunity, and an invitation, to import such goods as fast as they can.

Senator Russell - That would not apply in this case, because these goods would be admitted free from Great Britain, but would be dutiable under the intermediate and general Tariffs.

Senator EARLE - I suppose that not a great quantity of these goods is imported from Great Britain?

Senator Russell - Practically all come from Great Britain at the present time.

Senator EARLE - And it is proposed that these goods shall continue to be free from Great Britain ?

Senator Russell - That is so.

Request agreed to.

Request (by Senator Russell) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duties on aluminium angles, bars, plates, rods, sheets, strips, and tees, not polished, plated, decorated, or further manufactured on and after 1st January, 1922, ad. val., British, 25 per cent.; intermediate, 35 per cent.; general, 40 per cent.

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