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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I should like to know whether sub-item a includes watch cases.

Senator Pearce - Yes; it includes all parts, including cases.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Except the parts specially included in sub-itemB?

Senator Pearce - Yes.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Those interested in the manufacturing jewellery trade of Sydney are very well satisfied with the proposals of the Government as indicated in this schedule; but there is one little matter about which they ' are concerned, and that is to develop, so far as possible, the manufacture of watch cases in Australia. Watch movements are not likely to be made here for a long time, but watch cases are now being made in Sydney. Might I submit, for the consideration of the Minister, that, at all events so far as the British preference and intermediate columns are concerned, there might be a reduction of the duty on watch works and movements, otherwise watch cases will have exactly the same duty imposed on them as watch movements. If we could import watch movements at a little lower duty than the watch cases, there would be a consequent encouragement to make the cases here. I suggest that watch movements might be admitted free from Great Britain, and made dutiable under the intermediate column at 10 per cent., leaving the general Tariff as at present. That would permit of the importation of watch movements at a lower duty, whilst the duty as proposed would remain on watch cases.

Senator Pearce - I shall be prepared to accept a request for a new paragraph to sub-itemA, "Watch movements n.e.i., as prescribed by departmental by-laws, British, free; intermediate, 10 per cent.; general, 15 per cent."

Request (by Senator Pratten) agreed to -

That the House of Representatives be requested to insert after paragraph 2, subitem A, the following new paragraph: -

(3)   Watch movements n.e.i., as prescribed by departmental by-laws, ad val., British, free; intermediate, 10 per cent.; general, 15 per cent.

Item agreed to, subject to requests.

Item 319- (a)Record for gramophones, phonographs, and other talking machines, ad val., British,' free; intermediate, 5 per cent.; general, 10 per cent. {b) Gramophones, phonographs, and other talking machines, including cases (but not horns) imported with machines, ad val., British, 25 per cent. ; intermediate, 30 per cent.; general, 35 per cent.

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