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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - I understand that plain, clear sheet glass includes the ordinary 16-oz. glass used for window-glazing. Is it intended to levy the duty of 2s. per 100 square feet on what is known as plate glass ?

Senator Crawford - These duties do not apply to plate glass. It is not proposed to manufacture that kind of glass in Australia at present.

Senator GRANT - I should like to know from the Minister what is the landed cost of 16-oz. sheet glass, and what the 45 per cent. British duty on that article will amount to. We have been informed that the landed cost is 16s. per 100 square feet. If that is so, the duty should not amount to more than1¾d. a foot. But the retail price, as we know, is frequently1s. a square foot, the cost of distribution being estimated at roughly 50 per cent. of the cost of production.

Senator Lynch - Is the honorable senator arguing for a higher duty?

Senator GRANT - No; I am supporting the Government. In this respect I am in the same position as the honorable senator. He has been talking night after night on various items in the schedule, and we know very well that whenever he votes with the "faithful seven," the Government is safe. If, however, the Government is in a tight corner, Senator Lynch votes for the Government.

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