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Friday, 5 October 1906

Senator PLAYFORD - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   As the collection of duties under the resolutions relating to proposed New Zealand agreement has ceased, probably no further reply is necessary. It may be remarked, however, that express power was taken in the New Zealand agreement to treat with South Africa and make an arrangement with that country. The Act relating to South Africa would operate as against the New Zealand Act by special provision.

Senator PULSFORD asked the Minister representing the Minister of External Affairs, upon notice -

In view of the statement by the Prime Minister that the British Preference Bill was introduced in order to compensate 'the United Kingdom for losses which the Government considered would accrue to British trade under the provisions of the Treaty with New Zealand, will the Government withhold the British Preference Bill till the New Zealand Treaty is also before the Senate ?

Senator PLAYFORD - The answer to the honorable senator's question is as follows : -

The Prime Minister's statement referred to is not correctly quoted. A concession of Tariff preferences to the mother country has always formed part of the policy of the Government. The remarks of the Prime Minister to which attention is called related only to the limited extent of the preference at present submitted, and to the particular time at which it was brought forward.

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