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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - We have just dealt with sub-item c and I wish to know if I would be in order in moving that the House of Representatives be requested to amend sub-item d, which refers to incandescent mantles. I have a very strongly-worded letter from the Chamber of Manufactures, which says that it is desired to increase the duty on sub-item d, of item 141, from 25 and 15 per cent. to 40 and 30 per cent. The reason given for asking for the increased duties is that there is a heavy duty on the raw material which reduces the protection upon the manufactured article, and is causing the market to be flooded with continental makes. If that be so, the Australian industry would appear to have a fair claim for consideration. I ask your ruling, sir, as to whether I should be in order in submitting a request for an amendment of subitem d, of item 141 ?

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