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Wednesday, 9 June 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - In pursuance of an intention which I notified earlier, I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to insert after sub-item (f) the following new sub-item: - " (g) Head phones, ad val.,British, free; intermediate, 55 per cent.;, general, 55 per cent."

Under the 1921 tariff, loud speakers, which form the reproducing unit of the more expensive wireless receiving sets are admitted from Great Britain free, and pay a duty of 10 per cent, if imported from elsewhere, whereas head phones, which form the reproducing unit of inexpensive wireless sets, pay duty as follows: - British, 40 per cent.; foreign, 55 per cent. There is nothing in which the people are more keenly interested to-day than wireless, but it is impossible to have a receiving set without head phones or a loud speaker. I do not propose to refer to loud speakers, but there is an everincreasing demand for head phones, which, I am informed, are not made in the Commonwealth. I do not think it is the intention of the Government to impose duties of a revenue character - as a matter of fact, it is declared to be a protectionist Government - and it is with a desire to assist it in carrying out its policy that I submit this request.

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