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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I cannot say that I welcome this new duty, but the circumstances of the case force me to recognise that it is logical. If the Committee is content to impose a duty on marble, with a view to assist the marble-working industry, I cannot see why it should demur to a duty on granite. If one is right the other must be right, and if one is wrong the other is not more so. That is the negative way in which I can support the Government proposition, because even a Free Trader is under an obligation to make a wellbalanced Tariff. I rose to refer to the amount of the duty proposed. It was originally submitted by the Government at 35 per cent., but for some reason an amendment was accepted elsewhere making the duty 40 per cent.

Senator McGregor - It ought to be 50 per cent.

SenatorMILLEN. -Then why did not the Government say so when they intro- duced this Tariff? If I could believe there would be any support for a request to reduce this duty to 35 per cent. as at first proposed by the Government, I should move such a request. But if there is likely to be no support for such a proposal I shall not detain the Committee by moving it.

Request negatived.

Item agreed to.

Item 271 (Pestles and Mortars); item 275 (Ammonia); item 282 (Cyanide of Potassium) ; and item 284 (Sheepwashes, &c), agreed to.

Item 285 -

By omitting from the item the word " Free " and inserting in its stead the words " advalorem, 10 per cent."

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