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Thursday, 25 August 1921


The CHAIRMAN - I can accept Senator Pratten's request if he sees fit to add " n.e.i." That would prevent conflict with any decision previously reached by the Committee.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I would not hesitate to accept the Minister's suggestion, backed by the approval of the Chairman, but that I know that it is the rightful procedure of the Customs officials, wherever possible, to charge the highest permissible rate of duty. I wish to provide that sprayer and sprinkler parts shall not be charged higher duties than those on the complete machines, as covered by item 161. If I add " n.e.i.", the rates set out under item 192 must govern the manufactures coming under item 208. The duties upon everything included in item 192 are, respectively, 35 per cent., 40 per cent., and 45 per cent. But the Committee has decided that the completed appliances shall be subject to duties of 15 per cent., 25 per cent., and 30 per cent.; that is, under item 161.


Senator Pearce - Irrigationsprinklers will be included under item 208.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The parts have hitherto been embraced by that item, in connexion with which the duties are 35 per cent., 40 per cent., and 45 per cent.


Senator Pearce - And so have the complete sprinklers.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then, what is the value of the decision of the Committee in respect of item 161, which refers to garden and field spraying machines, upon which the rates, I repeat, are 15 per cent., 25 per cent., and 30 per cent. ?

SenatorWilson. - The Department holds that there is a difference between a garden sprinkler and an irrigation sprinkler. I say that there is no difference; and I have one of each.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - An appliance which is put to identically the same use as some other manufacture should be subject to the game rates of duty.


Senator Senior - Countless numbers of sprinklers are made out of kerosene tins.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - And the parts used in making sprinklers are dutiable under this item. I do not think it is fair, and in order to test the feeling of the Committee I propose to move to insert in my amendment the words " excepting pipes."


Senator Pearce - Why does not the honorable senator accept my assurance, made on the authority of the Customs officers, that parts that are not made here will come in free.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am not satisfied with the item as it stands, because it seems to me it covers elbows, tees, nozzles,, and other parts of sprinklers and sprayers.







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