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Tuesday, 23 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I ask the Senate to consider the position in which I am placed. I have no desire for all-night sittings; they are no more acceptable to me than they are to other honorable senators; but I have the responsibility of seeing that some reasonable progress is . made. If any honorable senator can give a different answer from that which Senator Gardiner gave when I asked him if he thought that it was reasonable progress to dispose of two items in two days, I would like to know it.

Senator Wilson - They were two very important items.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is useless for the honorable member to say that, in view of the fact that they were not discussed in detail; the debate ranged generally upon the effect of duties imposed upon articles used by primary producers. Honorable senators can help me and the Government by making a little further progress before the Senate adjourns; at any rate, a little more than has been accomplished during the last two days.

Item agreed to, subject to requests.

Item 164-

Churns of all kinds; cheese presses; dairy coolers; refrigerators other than for household use, ad val., British, 27½ per cent.; intermediate, 35 per cent.; general, 40 per cent.

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