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Thursday, 25 September 1958

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- The Opposition offers no objection to the passage of this bill as a measure to continue the bounty on the manufacture of cellulose, pending a report from the Tariff Board. In principle, the Opposition prefers a tariff to the payment of a bounty for the protection of Australian industries. But as the Government has indicated that a report from the Tariff Board can be expected at some future time, which we hope will be in the approximate future, there will be a chance, early in the new Parliament, we hope, for a discussion of the board's report.

I hope that the Government will not hold up the report, or that it will do what it has done on a few occasions recently - send the report back for further consideration. If the board does recommend a tariff we hope that the Government will give effect to its report. Speaking of dates, we think that the Government has a date with destiny on 22nd November next.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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