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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend sub-item (a) to read - "(a) Bromine Salt being a mixture of sodium bromide and sodium bromate ; Cyanide of Potassium, Cyanide of Sodium and Calcium Cyanide, British, free; intermediate, free, general, free ".

In the 1933 tariff this item included " bromide salts ". It was found, however, that there was no such term in the British Pharmacoposia, and the term was interpreted in accordance with the intention, that is, to cover a mixture of sodium bromate and sodium bromide, a mixture used in the gold-mining industry. Accordingly, when the opportunity occurred in March last the item was amended to give, as was thought, the correct description to this mixture, and the term " bromide salts " was changed to " bromine salts ". The Commonwealth Analyst now points out that the term "bromine salts", in the plural, renders all salts containing bromine classifiable under item 274(a). This was not the intention when the item was amended, and the. request I have just moved will limit the item to the mixture which was intended to be covered.

Request agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Item 278 (Bicarbonate of soda, sulphur chloride, carbon tetrachloride).

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