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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - Senator Duncan generally casts a certain number of Free Trade votes, and then a few Protectionist votes, and had several items intervened between this and the previous one, I might have found the honorable senator' in a more reasonable frame of mind. I wish to emphasize the point that the higher grades of varnish are required for the best class of work.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Such as the varnishing of motor cars?

Senator GARDINER - Yes. A really good varnish must be used for that purpose if a fine finish is to be preserved for any length of time. I realize that good varnish is expensive, but ordinary varnish is quite sufficient for ordinary work, such as the. finishing of railway, carriages. Great Britain has to import more of its raw material than Australian manufacturers do.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - But Great Britain imports it free.

Senator GARDINER - I realize that the Old Country has an . advantage over Australia through trading in a sensible way. To enable £40,000 to be distributed in wages by Australian manufacturers, about £60,000 has to be paid in duties, so that ordinary linseed oil may be manufactured here. It is useless to attempt what is impossible, and therefore I am not asking for no duty on varnish, but I am suggesting that as a fair compromise the Committee, should fix the rate at 20 per cent., which is midway between the duties asked for by the two Chambers.

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