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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator LYNCH ("Western Australia) . - I have very grave doubts as to how I should vote on this item, as I do not know how I voted on the last occasion. What Senator Drake-Brockman has said is literally true. When this proposal was before the Chamber previously, the compromise agreed to was suggested by Senator Pearce. While I am not prepared to vote for wild duties of 150 per cent., we should consider what may happen to this industry if _ America dumps 90 tons of this product into New Zealand and Australia. That will be a serious matter. It will result in the closing of the factory at Murray Bridge, South Australia. I feel, therefore, that I am on the horns of a dilemma. I do not want to vote for high duties, and yet I do not wish to see this Australian industry closed up. I do not know whether the manager of the South Australian Co-operative Union Limited is so much an interested party as to discount the value of his opinion, but the fact that he represents a co-operative enterprise should entitle him to consideration. I am impressed by his statement that the American papers report that the glaxo people have bought, in one lot, over 90 tons of sugar of milk lactose for shipment either to New Zealand or Australia. The American people, so he says, are pleased at the deal, because it means that they are getting rid of the surplus manufactured product. It seems that the Australian industry is in peril. An anti-dumping measure is promised, but we do not know whether or when it will be passed. In the meantime, we are asked to vote for these extraordinary duties. I am inclined to demonstrate my loyalty for once in respect of this Tariff and support the Government's attitude, not of to-day, but as outlined by Senator Pearce in August last.

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