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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I have seen blocks with saw-cuts run into them, so that all that is necessary is to pull apart the various box lengths and place them in position, when the box is immediately ready for use.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Such a block would be classed as partly dressed timber, cut to sizes, and would therefore come under the higher rate; so that any such ingenious method would be defeated by departmental administration.

Senator GARDINER - I am glad to hear that, and to know that the watchfulness of the Department prevents the intentions of Parliament from being frustrated. No doubt, the Customs officials have become expert in dealing with all manner of trickery. I certainly have no complaints against them except that - holding such fiscal views as I do - I do not think there should be any Customs officials. Some time ago a deputation waited upon me and discussed the subject of box manufacture. I do not know that the Tariff, as it is now about to be modified, will help the people very much, seeing that no considerable protection is being offered; but, without question, the raw material for manufacture may be imported without heavy handicap. A duty of 5s. per 100 super feet is not a heavyduty on partially dressed timber. I suppose it is not more than a matter of 20 per cent, where the timber is purchased; it would certainly not be more than 25 per cent.

Motion agreed to.

Item 323-

Hides and skins, viz.: -

(b)   Hides, limed or fleshed or split, per hide, 3s.

Senate's Request.- Insert new sub-item - (c) Hides, green, per lb.,1d.

House of Representatives' Message.- Not made.

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