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Tuesday, 19 December 1911


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I submit that the proposal of Senator Givens is not one which, in the absence of any information, ought to be adopted. He has contended that we have already adopted a proposal under which a duty is sought to be placed on the raw material. What we have done has been to request a duty of 10 per cent. on a portion of the raw material only, and that is the wheels. It is very hard to generalize when one is dealing with an article like wheels for buggies, which vary much in "value, as they do in shape and character. Let us take a set of wheels as being worth ^4. A duty of 10 per cent, on that value Would amount to 8s. In order to make up for that the honorable senator proposes to put an extra 5 per cent., not on the wheels, but on the buggy, which may be Worth anything from £25 to £40. A proposal of this kind may be all right when we are revising the Tariff thoroughly, but it is not now.


Senator Givens - We are here to revise so much of the Tariff as is put before us for revision.


Senator MILLEN - If the honorable senator says straight out that he is here as an advocate for an increased duty on these vehicles, irrespective of all other considerations, I shall understand where he is, but he asks us to request an additional duty of 5 per cent, on the completed article, because we have requested a duty of 10 per cent, on a portion of it. If that is his reason for making this request, it does not require anything like the extra duty on the finished article which he proposes. I do suggest to the Government that they should retain the Tariff as it is until the whole of the duties on vehicles are brought under review.







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