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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I do not take exception to the requested alteration of the date, of imposition. The situation at this moment is- that chamois leather is admitted' free of duty. That practice will continue - no matter what rates may be agreed upon, or what may be the date from which, they are to operate - until Parliament shall have finalized the whole matter. It is probable that the Tariff will not have been done with much before the end of October, so that the matter of the imposition of a Tariff on chamois as from 1st January next will be almost immaterial. While I am agreeable to the deletion of the reference to a specific date, it does not follow that I can accept the decision of this Committee thereon as a test concerning the actual rates ofduty requested to be imposed. Chamoisleather is being made here, but in such small quantities at present that the Minister for Trade and Customs deemed it advisable to postpone the date on and after which the duties should become operative. He rightly took the view, according to the information then in his possession, that if that procedure were not adopted users of chamois leather in Australia would be for some time to some ex- kent penalized. I suggest that the .request for the amendment of the rates be in the form of making them respectively 20 per «ent., 25 per cent:, and 30 per cent.

Senator Elliott - I am agreeable, and ask leave temporarily to withdraw my request for the deletion of the reference to the date.

Request, by leave, temporarily, withdrawn.

Request (by Senator Elliott) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duties, sub-item (a), ad val., British, 20 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 30 per cent.

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