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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - This item deals with the rates of duty on goloshes, rubber sand boots and shoes, and plimsolls. Importations are negligible, except from Canada which, apparently, has practically the whole of the trade, although during the last two or three years there have been small importations from Japan. Total importations in 1930-31 were 10,000 pairs valued at £2,018, and in 1934-35 7,319 pairs, valued at £867. The purpose of the proposals is to maintain the margin of 9d. a pair, or 121/2 per cent. ad valorem against like articles, which were admissible in the 1933 schedule under the general tariff. Importations from Canada in the five-year period have aggregated 8,421 pairs, valued at £1,940 - a yearly average of 1,684 pairs, valued at £388. In 1934-35 importations were 2,021 pairs, valued at £367, and these paid the fixed rate of duty at1s. 9d. a pair. The value of importations from all countries in 1934-33 at £867 represented less than one-eighth of1 per cent. of the total factory selling price of like articles manufactured in Australia. The incidence of exchange affords additional protection to the Australian industry. With exchange at par, the rates of duty under these proposals would he1s. 9d. a pair or 30 per cent. ad valorem.

Item agreed to.

Item 359 agreed to.

Schedule agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without requests; report adopted.

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