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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - The only information I can gather from the discussion is that if this alteration is made it will mean only more revenue. So far as our information goes no attempt is made to manufacture these articles within the Commonwealth. The proposal of the Government will only have the effect of increasing the duty on them from 15 and 10 per cent, to 25 and 15' per cent., and if that be soI cannot support it. If the alteration meant that there would be a probability of these things being produced in Australia, I should willingly vote for it. But, so far as we can learn, that is not so, and the alteration is proposed merely in the interests -of departmental officers, who find some difficulty in classifying ribbons and things of that sort. There should be no such difficulty in the way of men who are, or ought to be, experts in these matters, and if that is to be the only reason given for the proposal, I shall be unable to vote for it.

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