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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - It is proposed to omit the whole of paragraphs (g) and (h) of item 356., The first of those paragraphs refers to writingpaper, plain cut, less than 16 by 13 inches, and not in stationery packets, carrying a duty at present of 15 and 10 per cent. Paragraph (h) relates to ruled and bordered papers, which are dutiable at 25 and 20 per cent. I wish to point out the effect of omitting them. These two lines are taken from this item and inserted in another, where instead of being dutiable at 15 and 10 per cent, and 25 and 20 per cent, respectively, they will be dutiable at 30 and 25 per cent. I do not know why the Government wish to increase these duties ; so far as 'I know there has been no complaint about them, and they result in hardship to no one. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by leaving out the words " Bv omitting the whole of sub-items (g) and (h).ยป

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