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Thursday, 22 March 1928

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - The Minister has made out a very weak case. The recommittal of an item or a clause is nothing new in parliamentary procedure. During the discussion of the various items in the schedule the Minister gained a number of victories. He did so in connexion with this item. If the reasons for the higher duties were sound when they were agreed to they should be sound still. I support Senator Chapman's motion because I believe that it is our duty to give everyopportunity for a full discussion of each item; We should never close the door to a further review of a subject so long as the subject warrants it. It is true that some of the items were passed - shall I say expeditiously - but that is all the stronger reason why a further discussion should now take place if the circumstances warrant it. The Minister's opposition to the motion can only be actuated by a desire to stifle discussion. The Senate should not stand for such a policy. If Senator Chapman fails to make out a good case he, no doubt, will also fail in his desire to lower the duties ; but I think he is entitled to express his views.

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