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Monday, 18 December 1911


Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - If sub-item g is to be eliminated, we ought certainly to give preference to imports from the United Kingdom. I should like to' know whether the Minister now takes the trouble to raise the duty in the general Tariff by 5 per cent., so as to enable a duty of 20 per cent, to be charged on the British-made article. I understand that nearly the whole of our imported machines - two-thirds of them, according to his own statement - come from Great Britain. Has there been an increased importation from Germany and the United States to make it necessary that we should increase the duty by 5 per cent., in order to get the articles from Great Britain at 20 per cent. ? We are entitled, I submit, to know whether the imports from foreign countries are increasing in greater proportion to the imports from Great Britain?







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