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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I hope that the Government will not give way on this matter. This item has run the gauntlet of a strong Protectionist House, where it secured, in my opinion, very substantial support. But now there is a move for still more

Protection. If there is one commodity more than another that the country population of Australia have to pay dearly for it is this, and there is no doubt that they will have to provide the extortionate duties now proposed.

Senator Senior -One-half of the population is in the cities.

Senator DE LARGIE - But that onehalf does not use galvanized iron as do the people in the country.

Senator Senior - Nearly every roof is. of galvanized iron.

Senator DE LARGIE - In the country nearly every wall, as well as every roof, is very often galvanized iron. I think I have shown by my votes at various times when the Tariff Kas been under revision that I am not against reasonable Protection ; but, under the circumstances, the present proposal to further increase theduties is overdoing Protection altogether.

Senator GARDINER(New South' Wales) T3.43]. - There are two distinct principles involved in the request submitted. There is first a question of time, which I regard as altogether separate from the question of whether we shall increase the duty. I think that the alteration proposed in regard to time might be settled without affecting; the other issue, and I trust they will be dealt with separately.

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - I took it that there was no objection on the part of the Committee to taking the request as a whole, though, personally, I think that the request in regard to the time ought to be settled first.

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