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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I understood the Minister (Senator Pearce) to say, by interjection, that Great Britain had imposed a heavy duty on German importations.

Senator Pearce - A duty of 33½ per cent., and she is also applying antidumping provisions on these particular articles.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If Great Britain is acting in that manner, there is no reason why we should follow her example, because scientific instruments should be made available at the lowest possible price. The time must come - regrettable as it may be - when we must trade with Germany. We are doing it to-day, because we are disposing of our surplus wool, and I suppose Tasmaniau exporter? of apples would also be glad to sell a portion of their crop to that country.

Senator de Largie - Why should we not trade with Germany on the same basis as Great Britain ?

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not think there is any reason why we should follow Great Britain's example in this instance, because scientific instruments are absolutely essential, and if they are not manufactured here, we should be able to import them, at reasonable rates. I support the request.

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