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Friday, 9 March 1928


Senator CHAPMAN (South Australia) . - It was stated in another place that if this duty were not imposed it would mean a loss in revenue of about £15,000 a year. The Government has reduced certain duties, and in order to balance the position, has provided for the imposition of others. If the request is agreed to, the committee will be increasing the duties above those which the Government propose.


Senator Sir George Pearce - That is not so.


Senator CHAPMAN - The duty under the general tariff of 3d. per pound would be payable on coffee imported from Java and India.


Senator Sir George Pearce - We are not amending the general tariff.


Senator CHAPMAN - The paragraph to which reference has been made, provides that the coffee specified in paragraph (1) of sub-item (b), being the produce of any part of the British Empire, shall be admitted under the British preferential tariff. The British preferential tariff is free, and under the Government's proposals coffee from India will be admitted free of duty.


Senator Crawford - " British " means Great Britain.


Senator Sir George Pearce - The British preferential tariff covers only the United Kingdom.


Senator CHAPMAN - Yes, but the general tariff will include Java and India, and will not apply to the United Kingdom. According to the footnote to sub-item (b), the articles specified in paragraph (1), being the produce of any part of the British Empire, which includes India, shall be admitted under the British preferential tariff. The Government's proposal is that coffee from India shall be admitted free of duty, and the request which some honorable senators do not seem to fully understand, provides that it shall be dutiable at 3d. per pound.


Senator Sir George Pearce - I think every one understands that.


Senator CHAPMAN - I am opposed to it. I would prefer to allow all coffee to come in free. I am opposed to discrimination against Java, a country with which we are doing business. It would be far better to allow all coffee to come in duty free.







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