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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr HIGGS asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is the importation of records produced by theVictor Talking Machine Company, of Camden, N. J., United States of America, prohibited by the Commonwealth Department of Trade and Customs?

2.   If so, why?

3.   What is the Customs duty on the said records ?

4.   Is the importation of theVictrola talking machine prohibited?

5.   If so, why?

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes, if they bear the words "His Master's Voice," which is the registered trade mark of the Gramophone Company Limited, of London.

2.   Section 90 of the Trades Marks Act 1905- 1912 prohibits the importation of goods to which a registered trade mark is falsely applied.

3.   Ten per cent., ad valorem.

4.   Yes, if they bear the marking indicated in 1.

5.   See answer to No. 2.

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