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Thursday, 22 March 1928

Senator CHAPMAN (South Australia) . - I move -

That the bill be recommitted for the reconsideration of Item 152.

At the conclusion of the vote which was taken on another item, honorable senators had not properly settled in their places when item 152, relating to iron and steel tubes or pipes was declared by the chairman to be carried. His voice, generally, carries fairly well; but, as ' honorable senators are aware, the acoustics of this chamber are defective, and it is difficult to hear what is being said. At least two honorable senators, of whom I am one, did not hear the Chairman put this item ; but as soon as we realized what had been done, we endeavoured to have the matter reopened. The Chairman, however, ruled against us. I have received protests from the Stock-owners' Association of South Australia, whose members are affected materially by this duty, and I wish to obtain information from the Government in relation to it. If the explanation is not satisfactory, I shall endeavour to secure a reduction of the proposed duty.

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