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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- A duty of 15 per cent. on cast-iron kettles and cooking utensils upon which there was no previous duty may not seem very high; but on account of the enormous bulls of these articles when packed, they are exceedingly costly to transport. During the last few years any one who has been brought into contact with the necessities of home life must have recognised the enormous price they have attained.

The requirements of the people in this direction are not being met by local manufacturers, and the great bulk of the ordinary cast-iron, tinned, or plain hollowware comes from Great Britain. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (a), British, ad val., 10 per cent.

A reduction of the duty by5 per cent., which I suggest, will still afford ample protection to the local industry,particularly when we know that the Tariff itself does not represent the actual protection which the local manufacturer has, and that his greatest protection is the enormous bulkiness of these utensils when packed for transport.

Request negatived.

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