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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Item 397-

Explosives, viz. -

(a)   Cartridges, n.e.i., ad val., British,15 per cent. ; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 30 per cent. And on and after 8th July, 1921, ad val., British, 15 per cent. ; intermediate, 20 per cent. ; general, 20 per cent. And on and after 1st January, 1923, ad val., British, 15 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent. ; general, 30 per cent.

(e)   Explosives, n.e.i., ad val., British, free ; intermediate, 5 per cent. ; general, 10 per cent. And on and after 1st January, 1922, ad val.| British, 15 per cent.; intermediate, 20 per cent. ; general, 25 per cent.

And on and after 25th March, 1920-

(e)   Explosives, n.e.i., ad val., British, free ; intermediate, 5 per cent. ; general, 5 per cent.

Senator Sir THOMASGLASGOW (Queensland) [5.25]. - In the schedule, as introduced in another place, the ad valorem rates upon cartridges were, respectively, 15 per cent., 25 per cent., and 30 per cent. These were amended so that, on and after the 8th July of this year, the intermediate and general Tariffs became 20 per cent. It was further decided that, from the beginning of 1923, the rates of 15 per cent., 25 per cent., and 30 per cent, should be reverted to. I desire that the original rates shall be immediately re-imposed. I move, therefore -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (a), general, ad val., 30 per cent.

As an outcome of the amendments made in another place, the margin between the British and general rates now operating is only 5 per cent. During the war, Great Britain lost her trade in the production of sporting cartridges because her factories were employed in turning out munitions. The percentage of sporting ammunition supplied to Australia by the United Kingdom over a. period ofyears is set out in the following table: -

 

Honorable senators will perceive the remarkable increase in 1920. I am confident that the percentage of British sporting ammunition imported to Australia will return to something like prewar proportions if the margin of preference against American manufacturers is increased without delay to 10 per cent. If the difference of only 5 per cent, is to remain until the deferred rates come into operation, considerably more than a year hence, huge stocks of American cartridges will be dumped into this country. As it is, very large supplies from America are being imported. Sporting cartridges are being manufactured in Australia. In Victoria, one factory is employing between thirty and forty hands.







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