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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) . - I think Senator Lynch misunderstands the item. It is a deferred duty, and will not be imposed until it can be demonstrated that theindustry can be established in this country.

Senator Lynch - That does not touch objections to the rate of duty.

Senator PEARCE - The higher duty will be an inducement to manufacturers to start the industry, with a prospect of carrying it on successfully on a commercial, basis. I hope the honorable senator will withdraw his request.

Request agreed to. litem agreed to, subject to requests.

Item 195 (Cylinders for ammonia and gas) ; item 196 (Crucibles) agreed to.

Item 197-

And on and after 16th June, 1921- (a Platedware, n.e.i., spoons, forks, butter, fish, and fruit knives, plated or of mixed-metal; cutlery, spoons and forks, partly or wholly of gold or silver, except when gold ferruled or silver ferruled only, ad val., British, 35 per cent.; intermediate, 40 per cent.; general, 50 per cent.

And on and after 16th June, 1921 -

(b)   Cutlery,spoons and forks, n.e.i.; and knife sharpeners,ad val., British, 10 per cent.; intermediate, 20 per cent.; general, 25 per cent.; and on and after 1st January, 1922, ad val., British, 20 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 35 per cent.

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