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Wednesday, 4 May 1932


Mr GULLETT - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The Tariff Board has not made any recommendation to the effect that vessels under 1,000 tons should be prohibited importation into the Commonwealth. In a report dated 6th August,1926, the board recommended that vessels n.e.i., not exceeding 1,000 tons gross register, trading intr a-state or interstate, or otherwise employed in Australian waters for any continuous period of three months, should be made dutiable at ad valorem 50 per cent. (British preferential tariff),60 per cent. (intermediate tariff), and 70 per cent. (general tariff), with the proviso that any vessels exceeding 500 tons gross register, but not exceeding 1,000 tons gross register, which were ordered prior to the date of the imposition of such duty, and which were entered at an Australian port within fifteen months from the date of the imposition of the duty, wore to be free of duty. 2 and 3. On the 19th June, 1930, the previous Government introduced a customs tariff resolution which, among other things, gave effect to this particular recommendation. Pending further investigation, the present Government has included the item in its recent tariff resolution, and has referred the matter to the Tariff Board for further inquiry and report. On receipt of this report the final action to be taken will be decided upon.







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