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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - There should be some Balance between the duties upon the raw material and those upon the manufactured article. If the request is agreed to, the difference between tie rates upon leather and on the manufactured article will 'be reduced to only 5 per cent. Do honorable senators consider such a margin sufficient? The raw material, when it is imported, emanates from countries whose products come under the general Tariff. American leather imported to Australia is subject to 35 per cent, duty, and that from Great Britain to 30 per cent. Will this Committee be going a little too far if it agrees to the request?

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