AUSTRALIA: Scullin Tariff

James Henry Scullin, the hard-jawed Laborite who became Prime Minister of Australia on a platform pledging protection for the Dominion's "infant industries," fulfilled his pledge last week with a wallop staggering to foreign (including English) exporters.

The new Scullin tariff imposes a 50% supertax on numerous importations including cigarets, locomotives, spirits, matches. Eighty commodities are totally barred from importation by one of the stiffest embargoes ever imposed.

Barred are radio sets, electric and gas heaters, various farm implements and a list of perishable foods from cheeses to lemons. Definitely the Scullin policy...

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