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Wednesday, 9 June 1915

Mr TUDOR - Yes ; the action that I am taking now is the same as I took in regard to the duty on wheat. I am attempting to validate an action of the Government which was taken in the interest of the whole community. Honorable members opposite will agree with me that the Customs Department will gain nothing from what is now being done, though the moving of the motion will be of great advantage to business people, because it will enable them to get back money which they have paid. I should have moved this motion earlier in the session had I thought that the discussion of the Estimates would have lastedso long, because I believe that some per sons have been keeping fodder in bond, in expectation of the course now being taken.

Mr Groom - The duty paid will be refunded ?

Mr TUDOR - Yes, from the date specified.

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - How long will the repeal of the duty operate?

Mr TUDOR - Until we deal with the Tariff, or until another motion is moved suspending this one. In February the Government, seeing the serious position of the users of fodder, decided that oats, bran and pollard, hay, chaff, and straw should be admitted into the Commonwealth duty free, and I am now seeking to validate that action. - Mr. J. H. CATTS (Cook) [3.52].- As we are asked to ratify an interference with the protective policy of Australia, we ought to have from the Minister some information regarding the position of the country so far as fodder stocks are concerned. To what extent is the Commonwealth able to meet its own needs in respect of straw, hay and chaff, > bran and pollard and oats ?

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - It is common knowledge that there is a shortage.

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