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Wednesday, 23 November 1910


Senator MCGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - Senator St. Ledger need not get into such a rage. If the matter is looked at calmly it will be found that there is nothing very extraordinary in the proposal. Under the existing Tariff paints and colours ground in liquid are dutiable at the rate of 4s. per cwt. There is in the Act no stipulation as to the weight of the packages in which it -may be introduced. At first glance one might suppose that to secure the advantage of this duty it would be necessary to import them in r cwt. packages. It is intended by this amendment to make it clear to importers and to the officers of the Customs Department what may be done. The real question at issue is the distinction between a bulk package and a retail package. When these goods are introduced in packages of not Jess than 14 lbs. weight, it is reasonable to assume that they are brought in in bulk, and should be charged duty at the rate of 4s. per cwt., but if they are introduced in packages of less than 14 lbs. in weight, it is just as reasonable to assume that they are imported for retail purposes. We claim that the business of subdividing bulk packages into packages for immediate use should be in the hands of our own people, and we, therefore, propose to charge duty at the rate of 6s. per cwt. on these goods when introduced in packages of less than 14 lbs. in weight.


Senator Guthrie - That is the duty on paints prepared for use, but not on paints ground in oil.


Senator McGREGOR - To render these paints ready for use, all that is necessary is the addition of a little oil, and we feel that, when imported in the smaller packages, they should bear the same duty as that imposed on paints prepared for use, namely, 6s. per cwt. This alteration is considered necessary for that purpose.







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