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Tuesday, 8 June 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by inserting after the figures " 144 " the words " By omitting sub-item (b) and inserting in lieu thereof the following sub-item : - " (b) Sheet (plain) ; circles or ingots, bored or unbored, for cyanide gold process; zinc dust; zinc tubing; ad valorem, British 25 per cent., intermediate 35 per cent., general 40 per cent. and by making sub-item (c) read as follows : -

(C)   Zinc shavings; zinc blocks for marine boilers; ad valorem, British free, intermediate free, general 10 per cent."

It is proposed to delete the words " zinc blocks for marine boilers " from sub-item b, and to insert them in sub-item c. These blocks are for use in marine boilers, and are" not produced in Australia. No benefit will accrue to any Australian industry from the retention of the duty. The effect of the proposal will be to take zinc blocks out of the present tariff and make them free.

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