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Friday, 15 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The proposals now before the committee are merely of a formal nature, and are consequent upon separate provision being made in proposed sub-items e and G to this item in respect of X-ray apparatus and accessories, X-ray examining tables and dental chairs, which in the 1933 tariffs were provided for in the subitem now under consideration. On the articles now covered by the proposed subitem, the rates of duty remain at the same level as in the 1933 tariffs. The British preferential tariff Tate is subject to the usual deduction of one-fourth of the value for duty under the provisions of the Customs Tariff (Exchange Adjustment) Act 1933-1934.

Senator Guthrie - What I want to know is whether these items are surgical items? If so, I do not think that we should impose a duty of 40 per cent, on articles which are used in hospitals.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I can supply no further information.

Item agreed to.

Item 439 (Felspar).

Senator E B Johnston - Were the duties on felspar recommended by the Tariff Board ?

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The rates of duty in the British preferential column are in accordance with the recommendation of the Tariff Board made on the 24th January, 1934.

Item agreed to.

Progress reported.

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