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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) . - I understand that the object of this provision is to bring braids under the heading of apparel, and to make them dutiable at 35 per cent. under the general Tariff, and 30 per cent, under the Tariff for the United Kingdom. We know that many braids, particularly cheap ones, are used chiefly in the manufacture of common dresses, and seeing that cotton goods are admitted free, I think that braids of this description should also be placed upon the free list. The sub-item relates to braids exceeding 2 inches in width, but I would point out that braids 5 inches wide, and costing only4½d. a yard, are sometimes imported. Under this proposal, such a braid would pay a very heavy duty, while a braid only half an inch oran inch wide, which is worth 5s. per yard, would be admitted free. I do not think that taxation? should be heaped upon a very common article while a costly article should escapethe payment of duty. . We ought to have some sound reason for declaring that a braid an inch wide, and costing 2s. or 2s. 6d. per yard, should be admitted free, whilst a braid3½ inches wide, and costing, only a few pence per yard, should be dutiable. I have no objection to silk braid being taxed-

Senator Givens - Why?

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - I admit that I would prefer to see it admitted free, but I am particularly anxious that the cheaper class of braid shall be so admitted. With that object in view, Imove -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by leaving out of" the last paragraph all the words after " words,"" line 3, and inserting in lieu thereof the words- " Trimmings and Braids in the piece invoiced under1s. per yard, free."

Senator Millen - What will happen tobraid which is worth1s. 3d. per yard?

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - It will betaxable.

Senator Millen - Under what item ?

Senator Mcgregor - Under trimmings-

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - To my mind, the price of the article ought to bethe determining factor of its quality.

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