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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) . - The importance of this matter lies in the fact that what might be as clear as daylight has been made very difficult for the man in the street to understand. I am not certain that the Minister himself quite comprehends why there should be a swing over from the ad valorem to the flat-rate assessment. If it were desired to keep down the duty on the high class veneers, that object could be achieved by lowering the ad valorem rate or, alternatively, by swinging both on to a flat-rate basis. The Minister's first point was that there had to be consistency with the old tariff. But if the old tariff was clumsy and difficult to interpret, why not make this easy to understand? If the Minister has any further explanation which will make the matter clearer to my comprehension, I shall be very glad to have it.

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