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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) . - I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (i), general, 10s.

The Committee has requested another place to increase the duty in sub-item h to 7s. per 100 super. feet, and there is now an anomaly in sub-itemi, which deals with timber used not so much for the making of boxes as for the actual boxes themselves; that is to say, timber imported cut up ready to be nailed together to make the complete box used for shipping merchandise to and from Australian ports and other parts of the world. Unless something is done to rectify the anomaly by increasing the duties in this item, it. will pay merchants to obtain their boxes from the other side of the world already cut up for nailing together rather than to obtain timber in the roughfor cutting up here. Already one of the largest boxmakers in my own State, the Austral Box and Timber Company, has lost large orders, even with the duty at 6s., and there is now a request to increase it to 7s. A large number of firms have cancelled orders with the

Austral Company because it pays them to import boxes ready cut up for nailing together. We should rectify this anomaly by increasing the duties in this item.

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