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Tuesday, 23 August 1921


Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - We have had statements made comparing New Zealand prices with Australian prices for agricultural implements and machinery, to the disadvantage of New Zealand. I have here an up-to-date price list, which I propose to put on record to show- that, while in some cases the New Zealand prices approximate the prices for the same articles in Australia, generally speaking, there is in connexion with these implements and machinery a margin of from 5 to 22 per cent, in favour of the New Zealand prices.

I quote the following list, dated Melbourne, 23rd August, 1921 : -

 

That list was hauded to me to-day with the assurance that every statement contained in it is correct.


Senator Elliott - Was it intended specially for Senate consumption ?


Senator GARDINER - It was given ta me because of certain statements I had made in regard to agricultural machinery. We have found it very dimcult to ascertain what the prices actually are. I had been comparing two lists, and this statement was handed to me today by a gentleman with the assurance _ that it set out the prices at which the company is prepared to sell to-day in Australia and New Zealand. I 'have given it in full by way of making a fair comparison between prices in New Zealand, where agricultural machinery is free, and prices in Australia, where it is dutiable.







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