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Friday, 15 May 1936

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

That 'the House of Representatives be requested to amend sub-item (b) to read as follows: - "(b) Bags, hand and purse, n.e.i; bags, sporting, travelling; baskets and cases, picnic; cases and companions, toilet, dressing, writing, travelling; trunks, travelling; satchels; boxes and cases, jewel, trinket, musical instrument; purses, n.e.i., ad valorem: British, 25 per cent.; intermediate, 45 per cent.; general, 55 per cent.

The only alteration to the sub-itemin the request which I have just moved is the substitution of the words " baskets and cases, picnic;" for the words "baskets, picnic;", and its purpose is to ensure that picnic cases shall be subject to the same rates of duty as apply to picnic baskets. Picnic baskets are already provided for in sub-item b of item 376 and there is no apparent reason why any discrimination in the rates of duty should exist between picnic baskets and picnic cases; both articles serve the same purpose. The Tariff Board has intimated that the amendment embodied in the request would not be contrary to the intention of the board in its findings in respect of the goods covered by sub-item b of item 376.

Request agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Item 380 (Carpet sweepers).

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