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Wednesday, 23 November 1921


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) - If honorable senators have spent as much time trying to understand the complications of this item as I, they have my sympathy. Having endeavoured to wrestle with 'it, I have come to the conclusion that, after all, it is a very simple proposition. This Committee requested an amendment to make metal parts of hay rakes and mowers chargeable under certain duties. The other House has agreed to the Senate's request regarding rates of duties, but they have made a modification for the purpose of more clearly setting out : the case. The chief purpose of the modification is apparently to remedy an omission for which anybody but the Senate is responsible. Honorable senators will notice that the duty is to operate on and after the 25th March, but there is no provision to legalize the duty collected in the interregnum between that date and later dates mentioned. The other House proposes to set out the history of the various dates determined upon since this Tariff was first introduced. The dates were on and after the 25th March, 1920, and on and after the 1st July, 1921. Ouramendment left out the first date, and therefore the duties collected have not been legalized. It is proposed now to legalize them by setting them out formally in the Tariff. That does not affect the reply of the other House to the Senate's request; they have accepted it. I therefore propose -

That the modification be agreed to, provided sub-item (e) of the item be amended by omitting the words "Hay Rakes (Horse)."

That is consequent upon the form in which the other House send up their modification, having separated reapers and binders and hay rakes.


Senator Wilson - Do I understand that the decision was not in legal form?


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The motion that I am putting forward is intended to bring the decision into what is understood to be the proper form, and to legalize the collection of the duties on dates not previously specified.

Motion agreed to.

Resolutions reported.

Motion (by Senator E. D. Mlllen) proposed -

That the report be adopted.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the message be recommitted for the reconsideration of requests 26, 31, 32, 33, and 34.

In Committee(Recommittal) :

Item 136-

Iron and steel -

Andon and after 9th July, 1921 -

(e)   (1) Wire of No. 16 or finer gauge, ad val., British preferential, 25per cent.; intermediate, 30 per cent.; general, 35 per cent.

(2)   Wire, other,per ton; British preferential, 52s.; intermediate, 72s. fid. ; general, 90s.

Senate's Request.- Wire of No. 16 or finer gauge, ad val., British preferential, 20 per cent.; wire, other, per ton, British preferential, 44s.

House of Representatives' Message.Requestedamendment made with the following modification : -

Sub-item (e) (thrice occurring) omitted, and the following inserted: -

(e)   Wire - on and after 25th March, 1920, per ton, British preferential, 52s.; intermediate, 72s. 6d.; general, 90s.

And on and after 9th June, 1921 -

(e)   (1) Wire of No. 16 or finer gauge, ad val., British preferential, 25 per cent.; intermediate,. 30 per cent.; general, 35 per cent.

(2)   Wire, other, per ton, British preferential, 52s.; intermediate, 72s. 6d.; general, 90s.

And on and after 3rd November, 1921 -

(e)   (1) Wire of No. 16 or finer gauge, ad val., British preferential, 20 per cent.; intermediate, 30 per cent.; general, 35 per cent.

(2)   Wire, other, per ton, British preferential, 52s.; intermediate, 72s. 6d.; general, 90s.







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