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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested 'to further amend the item by inserting after the word " castings " the words " not elsewhere specified."

Senator Needham - -What do the words "not elsewhere specified" mean? We have already " n.e.i.," which means " not elsewhere included . ' '

Senator FINDLEY - There is no definition of the words " not elsewhere specified." The Customs Act of 1901 provides that when an article is -classifiable under two or more headings, with a resultant difference as to duty, the highest duty shall be charged. Unless these words are inserted, the highest duty of 1 3/4 d. per lb. will be chargeable upon malleable iron castings. We do not desire that. We desire that they shall come in duty free as fittings for pipes. The insertion of these words will accomplish that object, and without them a. duty of 1 3/4 d. per lb. would he imposed on these castings. In any case, we do not propose to make any departure from the principal Act. Under our Customs Tariff Act these goods are admitted free, but unless these words are inserted they will be dutiable at 1 3/4 d. per pound.. We do not desire that,, but wish them to continue to be admitted free.

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