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Tuesday, 30 August 1921


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I do not know that the Government are to be told by Senator Pratten what they shall do. I have no objection to good advice, but I rather resent the tone in which the suggestion of Senator Pratten has been given. The increases made elsewhere were accepted by the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene). If, in the opinion' of Senator Pratten and of other honorable senators, the various duties are improper, the ordinary procedure should be adopted.

Honorable senators should be prepared to. indicate how mistakes and anomalies, if any, should be rectified. I do not propose to invite, or to set an example in the matter of, a general discussion upon the timber duties.

Request (by Senator Pratten) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duties, sub-item(c), British and intermediate, free; general, ad. val.,5 per cent.







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