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Tuesday, 4 September 1906

Senator PULSFORD (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence, without notice, the following questions: -

Will the Government have returns prepared and laid on the Table without any needless delay showing : - .

(a)   The increases and decreases of revenue expected to result from the proposed Tariff changes.

(b)   The basis of the preferential arrangements made by Canada, South Africa, and New Zealand respectively.

(c)   The amount of the imports that have paid duty under (1) the preferential rates, and under (2) the ordinary rates year by year in each of the three countries since preference was adopted, giving also the totals of dutiable imports for the three preceding years,

(d)   In the case of Canada, the imports subject to duty from the United Kingdom and the United States respectively foreach of the last ten years,

(e)   The percentage of theamount of the imports subject to preference as compared with the duty-paid goods not so favoured.

(f)   A division of the imports for 1905 of the articles now proposed for preference by the Commonwealth, showing in regard to each item the respective imports from - (1) the United Kingdom, (2) Canada, (3) India and other British Asiatic Possessions, (4) other British Possessions, (5) Japan and China, (6) United States, (7) all other foreign countries, (8) the totals.

(g)   The imports into the Commonwealth during 1905 which, under the suggested arrangement with New Zealand would be subjected to higher duties, showing separately the imports - (1) from the United Kingdom, (2) from other parts of the Empire, and (3) from foreign countries.

(h)   Any other information considered necessary to a full and correct understanding of the proposed agreement with New Zealand, and of the preference proposed to be given to the United Kingdom.

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