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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Polished and patent glass, not exceeding 25 square feet, as set out in sub-item c, is admitted from Britain free; while there is a general Tariff of 10s. per 100 square feet. I wish to know why the words " not exceeding 25 square feet " are employed in the sub-item.

Senator Pearce - The reason is that pieces of smaller dimensions are the special sizes imported for local manufacturing purposes, as raw material.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - What are the rates upon, glass exceeding that measure- m en t?

Senator Pearce - Larger squares arc covered by sub-itemd, upon which the British Tariff is 10s. per 100 square feet ; and the general, 15s.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - With what does the larger glass compete, that those higher rates should be imposed?

Senator Pearce - Really, not with anything locally produced.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then the impositions are purely for the purpose of raising revenue ?

Senator Pearce - Apparently, that is so. The British preferential rate upon the large squares amounts to less than 2 per cent.

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