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Wednesday, 21 March 1928

Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - The main object of the proposed increase in duty is to provide an additional £500,000, to be used in connexion with the Commonwealth Government's policy of assisting roads development. No increase is proposed on importations of chassis from Great Britain. On importations from other countries the duties on unassembled chassis will he increased by 5 per cent, under the intermediate and general tariffs, and on assembled chassis by 1\ per cent, under the intermediate and general tariffs.

Senator FOLL (QUEENSLAND) - Although these duties have been in operation since November the prices of motor car3 have not increased.

Senator CRAWFORD - No. In many cases they have substantially decreased. When the roads are improved the life of motor vehicles will be considerably extended and greater comfort afforded to motorists. I trust that Senator Lynch will not press his request, because I am sure that honorable senators who are in favour of more money being spent on our roads, will support the Government's proposal to raise revenue in this way, particularly as increased preference is being given to Great Britain.

Request agreed to.

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