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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- I am inclined to think that the Minister is right in this matter, although it may. appear to be slightly complicated. It will be realized that the prices of high-class veneers for pianos and certain other articles are considerably greater than 25s. a 100 sq. ft., some of them rising to as high as 80s., 90s. and even 100s. At the flat rate, the duty would be only 8s., but on an ad valorem basis, a duty of 271/2 per cent. would amount to nearly 30s.

Senator Duncan-Hughes - Adjustment could be effected by the alteration of the flat rate.

Senator LECKIE - I do not think that that would quite meet the position. The Minister has in mind expensive veneers, such as mahoganies, which are not made in Australia. I have known very expensive veneers to be imported for the making of pianos. If the ad valorem duty applied, veneers in that class would pay 30s., whereas at present they pay 8s.

Item agreed to.

Item 328 (Goloshes, rubber sand boots and shoes and plimsolls.)

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