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Wednesday, 9 June 1926

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I should like to know if the Minister has had any representations made to him concerning the heavy duties that will be imposed on large-sized internal combustion engines, which, I understand, are not made in Australia, if the item is passed as it stands. I have been advised that under this schedule all sizes of these engines are dutiable under tariff item 178 d, at 45 per cent. British. There have been numerous cases within the last year or two where purchasers of medium and large size internal combustion engines have been successful in obtaining a refund from the Customs when it has been pointed out that the engines are bought for primary or secondary industries, and are not obtainable locally. It therefore appears to be unreasonable to further increase the rate of duty on an engine which has in so many cases been admitted duty free. The necessary application under item 174 b, after the engines have been imported involves considerable delays, during which time the Customs Department withholds the increased amount of duty payable. In view of this, it is recommended that internal combustion engines of 50 horse power and over be included under tariff item 178 a. Has the Minister any objection to that being done?

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