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Friday, 30 October 1931

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - The Government, when increasing the primage duties generally from 4 per cent. to 10 per cent., allowed stud stock to remain dutiable at the old rate. When the primage rates were under consideration several honorable members urged that stud stock should be exempt. Realizing that the introduction of new blood is of paramount importance for the improvement of our flocks and herds,I promised to reconsider the matter. The Government has now decided that cattle, sheep, pigs and draught horses, shall be admitted without payment of primage duty, but race horses will still be subject to the rate of 4 per cent. The necessary legislative action will be taken to give effect to thisdecision.

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