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Australian Tariffs—British Protests

Volume 181: debated on Tuesday 20 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 protests of British Chambers of Commerce on the subject of the new Australian traiff; and whether he is taking any steps to bring those protests to the attention of the Australian Government.

I can add nothing on this subject to the reply given by me yesterday to the hon. Member for the Tottenham Division.†

I beg to ask the President of Board of Trade if he is aware that, owing to the heavy frieght and other charges incurred in shipping goods to Australia, the natural protection enjoyed by the Australian manufacturer is usually 50 per cent. to 100 per cent.ad valorum upon the export price of the British manufacturer; and whether he will represent that fact to the Australian Government in connection with their imposition of a heavy tariff upon imports from the United Kingdom.

If and when the question of representations come to be considered, the point referred to by my hon. frieud will not be lost sight of.