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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I do not think that the increase asked for is necessary. The Inter-State Commission inquired fully into this industry when it was investigating Tariff matters.

Senator Senior - This industry was not in existence then.

Senator PEARCE - Perhaps not the industry mentioned by the honorable senator; but others were, including the Australian Kalsomine Company, in Melbourne. The Inter-State Commission recommended that the duties be as setout in this schedule, and as 5s. 6d. in the' British Tariff represents about 271/2 per cent., the general Tariff would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of 30 per cent. or 40 per cent. Since the Tariff was dealt with in another place the Department has not received a single complaint or request for consideration in regard to this particular item. Therefore, wemay presume that the duty is adequate. I ask Senator Senior not to press his request.

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