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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I understand that the matter mentioned by Senator Chataway has on various occasions been brought under the notice of the Department. It has been held, however, that it is not in the strict sense an anomaly. It is essentially, in my opinion, and in- the opinion of those experts who have given consideration to it, a matter to be dealt with when we revise the Tariff.

Senator Chataway - It is not an anomaly; it is a crime.

Senator FINDLEY - Then Parliament was guilty of the crime when it passed the Tariff.

Senator Chataway - It was committed by a mistake.

Senator Millen - Are the Government disposed to correct the mistake?

Senator FINDLEY - We are not disposed to open up the Tariff generally with a view of imposing higher duties. The Tariff in that respect will be brought under' the consideration of Parliament next session. I feel sure that no honorable senator is seriously anxious to re-open the whole Tariff now. The honorable senator can rest assured that the- Protectionist members of the Senate will be as anxious as he is himself to remedy what he says is a grave, injustice to the manufacturers concerned.

Request agreed to.

Item 229 agreed to.

Item 230 -

Amend, By inserting in the item, after the word " Dressings," the words " Inks, Stains."

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