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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (a), general, ad. val., 20 per cent.

The original proposal of the Government was that the general rate should be 20 per cent., and the imposition was designed to give practical help to the new industry which grew up in Britain - indeed, was forced upon that, country - during the war. Prior to the war, Britain was almost entirely dependent upon Germany. After the outbreak of hostilities the allied world had to be metaphorically scraped in order to secure anything like adequate numbers of binoculars and such instruments for our troops. "

Senator Pearce - I am agreeable to the request.

Request agreed to.

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