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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- I do not think that the Committee should let this motion go. The Government and honorable members in another place thought that advalorem duties of 20, 25, and 30 per cent, would be sufficient on this item.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Honorable senators wanted higher duties.

Senator GARDINER - What the Senate requested was the imposition of fixed duties of 6d., 9d., and1s. per lb., and we left it to the Department to impose the ad valorem duties if they were higher.

Senator Lynch - The House of Representatives has used the Senate's request for the purpose of raising the duties.

Senator GARDINER - That is so. I point out that, under the request made by the Senate, if the ad valorem duties originally proposed by another place were higher than the specific duties suggested by the Senate, the ad valorem duties would be imposed. In these times, when prices are constantly changing, it is very difficult to say when a specific duty will be higher or lower than an ad valorem duty. In this matter the Senate has not received fair treatment from another place. We are new asked to go beyond the duties originally imposed by another place merely because the request made by the Senate has provided the opportunity to propose an increase in the duties. I enter my protest against the motion.

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