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Wednesday, 21 March 1928

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Plain (VICTORIA)

I suggest that Senator Payne should be allowed to proceed with his request, and - that if it is found that it is likely to interfere with sub-item a, the honorable senator can be asked to withdraw his request to permit the committee to deal first of all with sub-item a.

Senator McLachlan - Confusion has arisen because the schedule contains only the alterations to the tariff, while the memorandum circulated contains only the items proposed to be amended. Item 112, sub-item a, of the tariff reads as follows : -

(a)   Apparel or attire or other article in part or wholly made up, including furs or other skins sewn together, ad valorem, British 40 per cent., intermediate 50 per cent., general 55 per cent.

Then follows sub-item b which Senator Payne is desirous of having amended. It reads as follows : -

(b)   Fur and other skins, n.e.i. dressed or prepared for making up, ad valorem, British 15 per cent., intermediate 15 per cent., general 20 per cent.

No confusion can arise nor can the position of the committee be prejudiced if furs and other skins are now considered. Sub-item a merely amends the wording of the tariff, and proposes no alteration of rates.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The rates in the schedule are those by which the Government stands?

Senator McLachlan - Yes. They are the rates in the present tariff.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - But everything depends on what is done to sub-item b.

Senator McLachlan - The Government has not sought to amend sub-item b. It is for the committee to accept or reject Senator Payne's request.

Senator Elliott - A way out of the difficulty would be to alter the order of the sub-items and make sub-item b subitem a, thus . allowing Senator Thomas subsequently to move, if necessary, a request on the sub-item which is now described as sub-item a.

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