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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The importations of vermin traps for the last five years have been as follows : -


The proposed duty on mouse traps will effect increases, at the present rate of exchange, equivalent to 10 per cent., British preferential tariff, and 20 per cent, or1s. 10½d. per gross, general tariff, and that on rat traps is equivalent to 10 per cent., British preferential tariff, and 20 per cent, or 10s. per gross, general tariff. The rates on vermin traps, n.e.i., are unchanged.

Senator Collings - Why are vermin traps admitted free?

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - They are essential for the destruction of such pests as wild dogs, foxes and rabbits. Mouse andrat traps are now manufactured in Australia, and native timber and locally-made wire are used. The industry is not a large one, but 25 workers, mainly juniors, are employed. The Tariff Board has reported that competition from Sweden has reduced the turnover of the local manufacturer, although the quality of the traps is admitted to be equal to that of any imported line. The board considers that the progressive reduction of the prices of Swedish traps makes it necessary to provide specific rates as alternative to the ad valorem duties in the general tariff. Marginal increases over the general tariff rates recommended by the board have been retained for treaty purposes. Locally-made traps are available at reasonable prices, and the proposed duties should ensure a reasonable and adequate protection.

Item agreed to.

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