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Tuesday, 19 December 1911


Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - It is quite evident that honorable senators have made up their minds to put gramaphones and talking machines on the free list. I have no wish to go against that desire, but I would suggest that these articles should be made dutiable at 5 pet cent. and free, in order to give a fair preference to the Old Country. The Committee by its action has made records dutiable at 20 per cent., and we want to follow that up by bringing them under this item at 5 per cent. and free, or whatever rates may be decided upon.


Senator Givens - Will you consider a suggestion to make cabinets the subject of a separate item, and to impose a fairly protective duty?


Senator McGREGOR - I do not intend to go any further in that direction. I only want to include records in this paragraph, so that they shall not pay 20 per cent. while gramaphones and talking machines are admitted free. We import £90,000 odd worth of these machines from the United States, and £34,000 worth from the United Kingdom. It may give a little advantage to our own countrymen if we impose a duty of 5 per cent. on the foreign imports. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by inserting, after the word " machines " last occurring, the words " and Records," and altering the duties to 5 per cent. and free.

Request agreed to.

Items 345 (Boots, shoes, slippers, &c), 350 (Rubber manufactures, n.e.i.), 351 (Rubber and rubber manufactures), agreed to.

Item 352-

By omitting the whole of the item and inserting in its stead the following item : - 352. (a) Leather manufactures n.e.i. ; leather cut into shape ; harness, n.e.i. razor strops ; whips, including keepers, thongs and lashes, ad valorem (General Tariff), 30 per cent. ; (United Kingdom), 25 per cent.

(b)   Harness saddles . each (General Tariff), 6s. ; (United Kingdom), 5s. ; or, ad valorem (General Tariff), 30 per cent. ; (United Kingdom), 25 per cent., whichever rate returns the higher duty.

(c)   Buggy saddles . . . each (General Tariff), 5s. ; (United Kingdom), 4s. ; or, ad valorem (General Tariff), 30 per cent. ; (United Kingdom), 25 per cent., whichever rate returns the higher duty.







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