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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I recognise that this question is worthy of consideration, and I therefore move -

That the item be postponed until after the consideration of item 404.

The principal officers of the Department have been in constant attendance here, and have not had time enough to look into this question; but I shall have the points raised during this debate fully investigated . If the motion be agreed to, Senator Pratten will also be able to look into the matter before we come to item. 404, which provides for the free admission, under the British preferential and intermediate Tariff, of materials and minor articles, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, for use in the manufacture of goods within the Commonwealth.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Item postponed.

Item 209 (Malleable iron castings) and item 210 (Metal pins) agreed to.

Item 211-

And on and after 17th June, 1921, printers' type, including spaces and quads; lino and other slugs ; metal furniture and quotations, ad val., British,221/2 per cent. ; intermediate, 30 per cent. ; general, 35 per cent.

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