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Thursday, 18 August 1921


Senator PAYNE - I desire the industry to be sufficiently- protected" to enable it to carry on and1 secure all the. trade that it can legitimately command.


Senator Drake-Brockman -- On. the figures I quoted the duty is of no use.


Senator PAYNE - I do not know whether that would apply generally.. I believe it would be possible for the inr dustry to be profitably conducted with lower British preferential duties than those proposed. We must, however, pay due regard to the urgent necessity of. developing unoccupied portions of the Commonwealth, which in turn will mean a greater number of secondary industries, a larger population, and a more extensive demand' for our commodities. I would' like the Minister (Senator Russell) to explain why there has been such an enormous increase in these duties, which, in the 1908 Tariff were 10 per cent'., and 15 per. cent.; in the 1914" Tariff, 17s. 6d. and 25s. per ton ; and are now 35s., 60s., and 75s. per ton.







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