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Wednesday, 7 December 1938


Mr PERKINS (Eden) (Monaro)

I move - [Customs Tariff Amendment (No. 6).] (1.) That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff 1933-1938, as proposed to be amended by Customs Tariff Proposals, bo further amended as hereinafter set out, and that, on and after the Eighth day of December. One thousand nine hundred and thirty-eight, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the Australian Capital Territory, Duties of Customs be collected in pursuance of the Customs Tariff 1933-1938 as so amended. (2.) That, without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (1.) of this Resolution, the GovernorGeneral may, from time to time by Proclamation declare that, from a time and date specified in the Proclamation, the Intermediate Tariff shall apply to such goods specified in the Proclamation as are the produce or manufacture of any Britishor foreign country specified in the Proclamation. (3.) That on and after the time and date specified in a Proclamation issued in accordance with the last preceding paragraph, the Intermediate Tariff shall apply to such goods specified inthe Proclamation as are the produce or manufacture of a British or foreign country specified in that Proclamation. (4.) That any Proclamationissued in accordance with paragraph (2.) of this Resolution may, from time to time, be revoked or varied by a further Proclamation, and upon the revocation or variation of the Proclamation, the Intermediate Tariff shall cease to apply to the goods specified in the Proclamation so revoked, or, as the case may be, the application of the Intermediate Tariff to the goods specified in the Proclamation so varied, shall bo varied accordingly. (5.) That in this Resolution, unless the contrary intention appears - " Customs Tariff Proposals " means the Customs Tariff Proposals introduced intothe House of Representatives on the following dates, namely : - 4th May, 1938 ; 21st September, 1938 ; 17th November, 1938 ; and 30th November, 1938; " Proclamation " means a Proclamation bythe Governor-General, or the person for the time being administering the government of the Commonwealth, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, and published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette ; " the Intermediate Tariff " means the rates of duty set out in the Schedule to this Resolution, in the column headed " Intermediate Tariff ", in respect of goods in relation to which the expression is used.

 

 

 

 

 

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[Customs Tariff (Exchange Adjustment) Amendment (No. 2).]

That, on and after the eighth day of December, One thousand nine hundred and thirtyeight, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the Australian Capital Territory, the Schedule to the Customs Tariff {Exchange Adjustment) Act 1933-1938 be amended as follows: - by omitting "10" and inserting in its stead "10(b)", "10(c)" and "10(d) ". by omitting " 11 (a) ". by omitting "54(b) ". by omitting "91 (b) ". by omitting " 105 (aa) (2) ". by omitting "106(e)(3)" and "100(f)

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by omitting "107(a) ". by omitting " 108(b) ". by omitting "110(c) " and "110(d) ". by omitting " 114(c) ". by omitting " 122(a) ". by omitting "133" and inserting in Its stead " 133(A) (1) (a) ", "133(a) (2) " and "133(b) ". by omitting "180(c) " and inserting in its stead " 180(c) (1) ". by omitting " 18.1 (b) (1) ". by omitting "225". by omitting "242(c) ". by omitting "255(b) " and inserting in its stead "255(b) (1 ) ". by omitting " 268 ". by omitting "271 (a) ". by omitting "281(h)" and inserting in its stead' "281(b) (1) " and "281(b) (2) (b) ". by omitting " 290(c)(1)" and "200 (c) (2) (as to ad valorem rates only) ". by omitting "334(f) (2) ", "334(g) (3) ", " " 334(l) (2) ", " 334(l.) (3) ", "334 (m)(1)", "334(n)", " 334(t)" and "334(u) ". by omitting " 338(a) . ". by omitting "340(b) " and "340(c) ". by omitting " 397(b) ".

The resolutions I have just moved provide for amendments to the customs tariff, and consequential amendments to the Customs Tariff (Exchange Adjustment) Act.

Thecustoms tariff proposals incorporate 97 items and sub-items, which are affected as under : -

 

The summary or alterations, which has been distributed to honorable members, shows clearly the alterations of duties made by the proposals.

Twenty-seven of the increases and decreases under the British preferential tariff are merely nominal, the previous rates, less exchange adjustment, being altered slightly to obtain a convenient rate of duty. In the majority of such cases, the intermediate and general tariff rates have now been adjusted to make allowance for the protective incidence of exchange. In this category are fur felt hats, toilet preparations, and certain paper and paper manufactures.

Forty-one Tariff Board reports are given effect in the schedule, the most important items being those relating to apparel, n.e.i. ; household clothes washing machines; electrical cable, wire and strip ; articles of cut glass ; and vacuum cleaners.

In respect of apparel n.e.i., new subitems have been provided for shirts, collars, pyjamas, dressing gowns, kimonos, bath gowns and underclothing. On these goods, the ad valorem rate under the general tariff has been increased by 5 per cent., and alternative specific rates have been provided under the intermediate and general tariffs. These new duties should adequately protect Australian clothing manufacturers from competition which they have recently been experiencing from cheap imported articles.

On clothes washing machines for household -use, electrically or power driven, increased duties are provided under the British preferential and intermediate tariffs. The rate under the general tariff was increased in the customs tariff proposals of May last, which extended protection to industries developed under the Government's trade diversion policy.

The duties on electrical cable, wire and strip, have been reviewed, protection being extended to a number of types now made in Australia to which rates of free British preferential tariff and 15 per cent. general tariff have hitherto applied.

The item covering articles of cut glass has been subdivided. On certain articles not manufactured locally, the duty has been decreased, but on articles in which the Australian factory is interested the rates under the intermediate and general tariffs have been increased by17½ per cent. The Government has given much thought to the duties on this item, and is satisfied that it has reached a solution which will lead to the resumption of employment at the Australian factory and at the same time not impose disabilities on the trade of those countries which regard cut glass as an important item in their trade agreements with the Commonwealth.

In respect of vacuum cleaners, protective duties are accorded on the outside bag: type when the f.o.b. price is £4 10s. sterling or less. Other types which are not at present being made in Australia are not subject to protective duties.

Other items on which duties are increased include those covering ethyl acetate, buckles, buttons, pyjama girdling, discs for agricultural implements, miners' portable acetylene lamps, hairdressers' and opticians' chairs, printed cellulose transparent "paper, gummed stay cloth, pencils, carpet sweepers, and casein sheets, rods and tubes.

Apart from the decreases of duty already mentioned, which merely extend adjustments on account of exchange to the intermediate and general tariffs, a number of reductions have been made where the protection afforded is unnecessarily high. These include asparagus tips, french chalk, certain types of sheet glass, casein, paper bags, boxmakers' fancy papers, certain gummed paper, and articles designed for the use of the blind.

The opportunity has been taken to clear up a number of anomalies in the tariff. Among these may be mentioned cement clinker, which is partially manufactured Portland cement, requiring merely crushing, and the addition of a small amount of gypsum to complete manufacture. This clinker was hitherto unspecified in the tariff, and provision is now made for rates of duty similar to those on Portland cement.

I move -

That progress be reported.







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