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Tuesday, 19 December 1911


Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I wish to explain to Senator McDougall that certain difficulties have been experienced in administering the portion of the Tariff relating to motor cars by reason of the operation of an ad valorem duty. The duty upon cars of low value was a very small one, and consequently permitted of them being imported to a large extent. It was thought wise, therefore, to substitute for it a fixed duty of £24 ros. under the General Tariff, and of £21 under the Tariff for the United Kingdom, or of 35 per cent under the General Tariff, and of 30 per cent, under the Tariff for the

United Kingdom, whichever rate returns 'the higher duty. It is believed that the fixed duty will catch the low-valued cars, so that business will be fair from beginning to end. I have heard the question discussed of whether it would not be better to adopt a sliding scale of duties in lieu of an ad valorem rate. But, if the duties proposed by the Government be adopted, I think they will accomplish all that is necessary. Senator McDougall desires that double-seated cars shall be dutiable at ^17 10s. under the General Tariff, and at £14 under the Tariff for the United Kingdom ; that the ordinary motor car should pay £24 10s. under the General Tariff, and ,£21 under the Tariff for the United Kingdom, and that cars of very high values should be taxed at ,£4* under the General Tariff, and .£36 under the Tariff for the United Kingdom. There would then be no ad valorem duty, and, as a result, the law would be much more easily administered by the Customs Department. If the Committee prefer that system of duties, I shall have no hesitation in accepting it. But the Government are quite satisfied with the duties which are set out in the Bill.







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