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Australian Tariff

Volume 180: debated on Thursday 15 August 1907

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I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been directed to the fact that, under the new Australian preferential tariff, British goods heretofore admitted free of duty, e.g., saws, iron pipes cartridges, &c., will in future be liable to heavy duties calculated entirely to exclude them from Australia; and if he will communicate with Sir William Lyne on the subject, reminding him of the solicitude for British export trade expressed by Mr. Deakin and himself at the Colonial Conference.

I am not yet in possession of the complete new Australian tariff and I am consequently unable to form a final opinion in regard to its effect on British trade. I understand, however, that certain articles (including those mentioned in the Question) which were previously free, are now to be subjected to duty.