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Friday, 2 December 1938

Mr Harrison (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister without portfolio, administering External Territories) n. - On the 23rd November, the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. Green) asked the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   What New Guinea products were admitted into Australia free of duty, and what was the total quantity and value of each product admitted, for the last year for which figures are available?

2.   What is the ordinary duty imposed on these products from abroad, in each case, and what is the total value of the benefit received from this source by the planters of the New Guinea Territory, from the 1st January, 1927. to the 30th December last, and for each financial year in that period?

3.   Will he furnish similar information, for the same periods, in regard to Papua?

The attached table shows the quantity and value of each product of New Guinea and Papuan origin imported into Australia and admitted free of duty, the duties payable on similar products admissible under the British preferential and general tariffs respectively, and the amount of duty that would have been levied on similar importations at the rates imposed under the British preferential and general tariffs respectively. The particulars set out therein relate only to the year ended the 30th June, 1938. Considerable time and expense would he entailed in extracting similar details in respect of the period from the 1st January, 1.927, to the 30th December, 1.937, and for each financial year in that period, and I do not consider that such expense would be justified.


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