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Thursday, 25 August 1921


Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - The guns or rifles mentioned in sub-item h are dutiable at £5 each.


Senator Pearce - Because they are not considered safe if they do not bear the British or other approved test mark.


Senator GARDINER - Is not the American Remington rifle considered safe?


Senator Pearce - They bear the test mark.


Senator GARDINER - Not of the British Government?


Senator Pearce - The honorable senator will see that they have to bear ' ' The British or other approved test mark," and the American test would be accepted.


Senator GARDINER - I am glad to have that information. It seems unreasonable to impose such an unnecessarily high duty on firearms of this kind, which are used extensively by the primary producers in waging war against the fox and other vermin. The small-bore Remington rifle is quite a necessity in many districts, as large numbers of them are used for the purpose I have mentioned. Cheap guns should be available at a reasonable price, because they enable youths to master the art of handling firearms, and can also be utilized in many other ways. By using the term '"cheap," I do not mean an inferior gun, but one which can be purchased for a reasonable price. Firearms of this type are not manuf actured by the Small Arms Factory, and by imposing this unnecessarily high duty we are preventing their importation or making them very expensive. But as it is the policy of this Protectionist Government to impose heavy duties on practically everything the primary producer requires, I suppose the sub-item will be passed.

Item agreed to.

Item 190 (Irons, smoothing and soldering), item 191 (Metal bedsteads), item 192 (Brasswork, bronze work, and gunmetal work), and item 193 (Capsules), agreed to.

Item 194-

Chain and chains, viz. : -

(a)   Wrought iron and steel, composed of welded links, manufactured from metal1/2 inch in diameter and over, ad val., British, 30 per cent.; intermediate 35 per cent. ; general, 40 per cent.

(b)   Machine driving, sprocket and link belting, wholly or partly of malleable cast iron, including attachment repair or other links for such chain or chains, per lb., British, l¾d.; intermediate, 2¼d.; general, 2¼d.

(c)   Machine driving, sprocket and link belting, n.e.i., including attachment repair or other links for such chain or chains, ad val., British, 30 per cent. ; intermediate, 35 per cent. ; general, 40 per cent.

(d)   Chain, n.e.i., not made up into serviceable articles, ad val., British, free; intermediate, 5 per cent.; general, 10 per cent.

And on and after 1st January, 1922, ad val., British, 30 per cent.; intermediate, 35 per cent. ; general, 40 per cent.







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