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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (. Minister for Defence) (1:52 AM) . - This item was postponed to consider whether scrap-iron should be dutiable; and after making a thorough inquiry we found that instead of imposing an import duty representations have been made for the imposition of an export duty. It would be very inconsistent to have an export and an import duty, too, and as all the evidence seems to point in the direction of keeping this item free in the interests of our manufacturing industries, I ask the Committee to pass the item. In connexion with some industries, something may be said in favour of import duties, but the great bulk of the evidence from a large number of manufacturers is in favour of keeping this item free.

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