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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - There are other fittings to a rifle than the mere sight, and if sights are being made here why should we allow service fittings to come in free, and beat down the new industry? What I wish to draw attention to is the fact that, while service fittings are still to be allowed to come in free, a duty is to be charged on the fittings for the ordinary rifle which comes in free. Again, what is a service rifle? Is it a rifle which is imported by the military authorities, or if I were to send Home for a rifle built on the service type, would it come in under this head? I think that the Minister ought to tell lis a little more or give some other explanation. It certainly does not seem to me sufficient to say that, whilst we admit sporting and match rifles at 5 per cent, and free, as we do the military rifle, the fittings for the one shall come in free, but the fittings for the other shall fall under a high duty.

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