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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I move-

That the House of Representatives' be requested to add to sub-item, (o) (3) the words or ad val., British, 30 per cent. ; intermediate, 35 per cent. ; general, 40 per cent., whichever rate returns the higher duty."

This paragraph of sub-item g deals with bags n.e.i. Under g 1 the raw material for the bag-maker is dutiable at 8s., British ; 9s., intermediate; and 10s.,gene*ral. The protection afforded in the case of small and expensive bags is less- than ┬žd. per 1,000 bags. It is obvious, of course,, that under such a Tariff bagmaking could not be successfully carried on in the Commonwealth.

Senator E.D. MILLEN (New South Wales - Minister for Repatriation) T9.53]. - The sub-item to which the honorable senator has directed attention does contain an anomaly. The other House lifted the duties on the raw material at the same time that they lifted the duties on bags, but to a. greater extent. The honorable senator's request will correct this anomaly. Therefore, I have pleasure in accepting it.

Request agreed to.

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