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Wednesday, 9 June 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - I cannot accept the amendment. As a matter of fact, these head-phones are being manufactured in Australia at the present time, and would now be on the market in considerable quantities, but for the fact that vendors of head-phones are overstocked. This is a decidedly retrograde proposal. The manufacturers have already gone to considerable expense in procuring dies and moulds, and honorable senators generally will agree that this is a class of manufacture that should be encouraged. I am informed that the Australian-made head-phone is a superior article and one that is certain to give satisfaction.

Request negatived.

Item agreed to.

Item 181-

By omitting the whole of sub-item (aa) and inserting in its stead the following sub-item : - (aa) Alternating current recording watthour meters, each British 10s., in,termediate 12s. 6d., general 15s.; or ad valorem, British 35 per cent., intermediate 40 per cent., general 45 per cent., whichever rate returns the higher duty.

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