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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New. South Wales) . - Serious notice should be taken of the statements just' made by Senator Pratten. Owing to the way in which 'we are hurrying the consideration - of the Tariff we shall eventually have the whole schedule in Buch a tangle that it will take another place some months to unravel it. Senator Pratten has now discovered what many of usdiscoveredlong. ago, namely, that it is impossible to pre- tect oil industries. If wo impose' Protective duties on the raw material so ¬ęs to assist the man engaged In, the primary stages of wire production, and then impose Protective duties to assist those employed in the secondary stages, followed by additional duties to protect those engaged in the final stages of wire production, we shall have prices so high that no one will be able to purchase the finished article. In that way Protection destroys itself. The completed article will require such an enormously high Protective duty that no one will have sufficient money to purchase it. That is why Protection is a fallacy, and ineffective. Notwithstanding the statement of the Minister (Senator Russell), we have never had a scientific Tariff, and I believe that before we have concluded our consideration of this schedule the honorable senator will say that this scientific Tariff has been destroyed owing to the interference of amateurs.

Request agreed to.

Request (by Senator Lynch) agreed to-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duties, per ton, British, 55s. ; intermediate, 75s.

Item agreed to, subject to requests.

Item 159-

(b)   Wire, iron and steel, for use in the manufacture of barbed wire and wire netting as prescribed by departmental by-laws, per ton, British, 52s. ; intermediate, 72s. 6d. ; general, 90s.

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