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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - It is well within the knowledge of honorable senators that when this item was previously before the Committee an animated debate ensued, and the position was approached from every possible angle. It was admitted at the time that these articles were not made in Australia, and as the Minister (Senator E. D. Millen) has admitted that the duties are imposed largely for revenue purposes, we should know how to vote. Motor vehicles are essential toencourage the development of the interior, and we cannot do that by imposing restrictions of any" kind on means of communication. There is nothing I know of in this great continent which is. more essential than easy and cheap means of transit. I can only repeat the arguments I advanced before, and I again ask the Minister if he intends to press any of the requests submitted by the Committee. Why should we not break new ground and insist on our requests, because in doing so we shall be helping development, and preventing those engaged in the interior from bearing undue impositions.

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