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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) .- Under the Tariff of 1908, this item was intended to apply only to glass caps for fruit-jars ; but it has been found impossible to carry out that intention, owing to section 3 of the Act.

Senator Millen - The Department has to take the language of the Tariff, not an intention.

Senator FINDLEY - The language of the Tariff indicates an intention that some measure of protection should be given to the manufacturers of this article in Australia.

Senator Millen - I understood that the Government were not revising the Tariff, except to cure anomalies.

Senator FINDLEY - Where we see that anomalies do exist, it is our intention to remedy them.

Senator Millen - Although a number of anomalies have been pointed out, and their existence has been admitted by the Government, they do not propose to remedy them. It is only a few favoured industries which are being considered.

Senator FINDLEY - All these caps are classified as fruit-jar caps. There is considerable difficulty in distinguishing fruit-jar caps from metal caps for other purposes; and the object of the alteration is to remove what is considered by the Department an anomaly, so that there shall be no difficulty in knowing what duties are payable.

Item agreed to.

Items 261, 279, 286, 295, 338, 344, 347, and 353, agreed to.

Item 356-

Amend, By inserting an asterisk in the item after the word " Paper " at the commencement of the item, and by inserting at the end of the item a foot-note as follows : - "* ' Board ' when applied to paper means a paper which at the size of 20 by 25 inches or its equivalent weighs 80 lbs. or over per ream of 480 sheets." . . .

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