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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) . - I have discussed this question with Senator Wilson, and having regard to the attitude adopted by the Minister (Senator Pearce), and the apparent impossibility of carrying my original request, which provides for what after all would be a very inadequate duty, it seems to me that I must accept the suggestion that has been made. A duty of 8s. 6d. per 100 super. feet under the general Tariff would be grossly inadequate, but we seem, so to speak, to be running our heads against a stone wall, and to be unable to get any " forrader."

Senator Rowell - How many bushel boxes can be made out of 100 feet of this timber ?

Senator DUNCAN - I do not know. We do not want these boxes to be made elsewhere, but are trying to find employment for our own people. We have made our protest as strongly and vigorously as possible; we have pointed out the possible consequences of the action now being taken by the Government; we have done our duty, and cannot do more. I shall, therefore, accept the suggestion that has been made, and, with the consent of the Committee, will amend my request so as to provide for a duty of 8s. 6d. instead of 10s. per 100 super, feet under the general Tariff.

Request, by leave, amended accordingly.

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