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Thursday, 1 September 1921


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I ask the consideration of the Minister to a little re-adjustment of this item. The articles covered by sub-item a are dutiable at 25 per cent., 30 per cent., and 35 per cent. My proposal is to divide sub-item a into two new sub-items a and b - sub-item b will then become subitem c - for the purpose of providing for specific as well as ad valorem duties in respect of dry plates, and also films, sensitized papers, and cards. The specific duties that I intend to suggest will involve no increase as compared with the present ad valorem duties, but are necessary to prevent the possibility of a very important local industry now engaged in making these things being swept away at "some future time by a resort to dumping. The present ad valorem duties amount really to very little so far as the value of the articles is concerned, and I hope the Minister (Senator Pearce) will accept my proposal. I move-

That the House ofRepresentaiives be requested to so amend the sub-item as to make it read -

(a)   (1) Photographic and X-ray dry plates, ad val., British, 25 per cent. ; intermediate, 30 per cent.; general, 35 per cent. ; or per square foot, British, 6½d.; intermediate, 8d. ; general, Did. ; which ever rate returns the higher duty.

(2)   Photographic sensitized films, ad val., British, 25 per cent. ; intermediate, 30 per cent. ; general, 35 per cent. ; or per square foot, British, 10d.; intermediate, 12d.; general, 14d. ; whichever rate returns the higher duty.

(3)   Photographic sensitized papers and cards also linen and other sensitized materials, n.e.i., ad val., -

British, 25 per cent.; intermediate, 30 per cent.; general, 35 per cent.; or per square foot, British,1d. ; intermediate, l¼d. ; general, l½d.; whichever rate returns the higher duty.

(4)   Lantern slides; photographic backgrounds (mounted or unmounted) ; photographs of Australian subjects; post-cards (sensitized with or without letterpress) ; stereoscopic views, ad val., British, 25 per cent. ; intermediate, 30 per cent.; general, 35 per cent.

I give the Committee the assurance that the fixed duties which I propose are within a half -penny or two of the existing ad valorem duties. We have in Australia a very important industry employing 300 or 400 people, and turning out annually over £250,000 worth of these materials. These fixed duties are necessary, and I hope they will be agreed to.







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