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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator GIBSON (Victoria) .- I do not understand why the tariff should discriminate between engines and engine parts. Tractors from Britain are admitted free whilst similar machines imported from other countries are subject to a duty of 12½ per cent. under the intermediate and general tariffs. Replacement parts, such as cylinder sleeves, are, however, subject to duties of 20 per cent. British, 37½ per cent. intermediate, and 51¼ per cent. general. Previously, these parts were British free, and general 15 per cent. In my opinion, cylinder sleeves for replacements should not be subject to higher duties than are imposed on complete tractors.

Senator Hardy - The same argument could be applied to parts for motor cars.

Senator GIBSON - The manufacture of cylinder sleeves for tractors is not an established industry in this country, but is only a sideline with a number of manufactures. I shall not move for a reduction of the duties, but I ask the Minister to refer this matter back to the Tariff Board for further consideration.

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