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Tuesday, 19 May 1936


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

That the bill be now read a second time.

The schedule to this bill covers the proposals introduced into the House of Representatives on the 28th November, 1935, together with a further proposal of the 20th March, 1936. The proposals of the 28th November, 1935, incorporated proposals of the 6th December, 1934, the 28th March, and the 23rd September, 1935. A comparison of the proposed rates with the rates under the 1933 tariffs will be found on pages 123 to 125 of the memorandum.

With your indulgence, Mr. Deputy President, I shall refer briefly to the items in the schedule in order to give to honorable senators a general idea of the purport of the alterations, and so facilitate later detailed discussion.

In item 2 d e no alteration has been made of the rates of duty, but the minimum period of maturation for whisky has been reduced from three years to two years, in accordance with the recommendation of the Tariff Board.

The amendment of item 2j is a formal one, the object being merely to express more clearly the meaning of the item.

In item 6, the proposal is for a reduction of8d. per lb. on manufactured tobacco having a wholly Australian leaf content, and a reduction of1s. 4d. per lb. on plug tobacco having a wholly Australian leaf content, for consumption by Australian aborigines.

In item 8, a reduction of 6d. per lb. on cigarettes is proposed, because, on account of increased costs of American leaf, local manufacturers had to reduce the size of cigarettes, and that would have meant a decreased revenue. The reduction of the excise rate is being passed on to the public in the form of larger cigarettes.

The amendment to item 13 clarifies the meaning, and also results in a reduction by 2d. a gallon of the duty provided for concentrated grape must exceeding 15 degrees Beaume.

Item 18 is a new item exempting from excise duty Australian-made ale, spirits, liqueurs, tobacco, cigars and cigarettes consumed on sea-going vessels of the Royal Australian Navy, when such vessels are in full commission.

The last item in the schedule, item 19, imposes a duty of 2s. each on wireless valves. This duty was contemplated when the import duty on wireless valves was increased in May, 1932, to provide additional revenue, but its operation was delayed until the local manufacturer had definitely passed the experimental stage.

I commend the schedule to the favorable consideration of honorable senators.







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