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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The Tariff Board stated that it was difficult to deal with the articles mentioned in sub-items a and o under one item, because the local manufacturing charges in respect- of articles in one subitem are higher than in the other. Platedware n.e.i., has, therefore, been separated from the articles mentioned in sub-item a. On page 7 of its report the Tariff Board stated -

In the platedware industry relative labour costs are unusually high. The latest published production bulletin indicates that for the year 1081-32 tho proportion of labour to production in the electroplating industry was 00.70 per cent., whilst the general average over factory production as a whole for that year was 50.4 per cent.

On page 8 the board stated -

The manufacture of spoons and forks has only existed in Australia to any considerable extent during the past three years. Spoons and forks, both plated E.P.N.S. and of unplated mixed metal, are manufactured from blanks imported duty-free from the United Kingdom. The proportion of locallymanufactured spoons and forks to tho total Australian requirements appears from the latest information available, to be approximately SO per cent.

The present local prices for the better quality .E.P.N.S. spoons and forks in some cases exceed the duty-paid landed prices of imported spoons and forks of equivalent silver deposit. This would suggest the need for a duty at least as high as on plated hollowware. An examination of the nature of the industry shows, however, that a large proportion of the total factory cost is either dutyfree material(e.g., imported blanks) or exportable metal, and that the labour involved is relatively small.

The itemhas been divided for the reason given by the board.

Item agreed to.

Items 206, 208, and 215, agreed to.

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