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Wednesday, 23 November 1910


Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - Senator Vardon has, to a certain extent, answered himself. He has told the Committee that what the Government desire to do is to lift certain papers from the 20 and 15 per cent, list, ana make them dutiable at 5s. per cwt., in order to give a certain industry a measure of protection. That industry is engaged in the manufacture of paper which is used for making paper bags.


Senator Vardon - Brown paper.


Senator FINDLEY - Yes. I am well aware that fruit bags are not usually made from brown paper, though sometimes they are. The bags that the honorable senator has mentioned are made from cap paper, but they come into competition with brown paper bags. The generic term for them is " fruit bags," and they seriously affect an established industry. Certain papers used for the manufacture of bags are dutiable at 5s. per cwt., and it does seem to me to be an anomaly that other kinds of paper that, as a matter of fact, are utilized for the same purpose, are allowed to come in at a lower rate of duty. In order that all kinds of paper utilized for bag making shall be imported at a uniform rate of duty, we propose that that rate shall be 5s. per cwt. The honorable senator has mentioned carton paper in general. The duty on that also is proposed to be made 5s. per cwt. for a similar reason. We desire that all the material that is necessary for the making of fruit and other bags shall be placed on the same footing.







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