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Thursday, 17 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I move -

That the request be not pressed.

I do not intend to debate this item, because, to some extent, it is closely related to the previous one. The same arguments apply, and the Committee in this case has asked for a duty on barbed wire lower than the duty on the wire from which barbed wire is made, and in view of that anomaly I ask the Committee not to press its request. As it stands now the duty on wire for the manufacture of barbed wire is 52s. per ton, while the Committee has requesteda duty of only 50s. per ton on barbed wire. It is really slightly worse from my point of view than in the previous case, inasmuch as there is a distinct penalty of 2s. per ton on the man who attempts to make barbed wire in Australia. He would have to start with an extra impost of 2s. per ton, which is unreasonable.

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