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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - This proposal looks very much like amendment for amendment's sake. Senator McDougall has not advanced a single argument in support of his request. He has made no attempt to justify it, nor has any such attempt been made by the Government, who have accepted it. It is clear from the use of the words " and on and after the 15th December, 191 1, per 100 superficial feet, 3s. 6d.," that the original proposal of the Government in the Bill was amended in another place, because . the Tariff of 3s. 6d. has been operative only since the 15th of this month. If that amendment was made in another place with the concurrence of the Government, why have they changed their face in the Senate .; and if it was not made with their concurrence, why do they not attempt here to restore their original proposal, by inducing honorable senators to reject the amendment made in another place? By adopting Senator McDougall's request, we shall be asking the House of Representatives to reconsider what they have already done.

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