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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - Grouped under this item are numerous instruments and appliances which are essential to the surgical, dental, and veterinary professions. Why should exorbitant rates, ranging from 30 to 50 per cent., be imposed, for example, upondental alloys, amalgams, and gold fillings, and upon amputating, cupping, dissecting, examining, operating, and veterinary instruments? Even under the preferential Tariff the rates are as high, in some instances, as 40 per cent. A new surgical instrument may be invented, and it may be deemed to be of great value to the Australian medical profession. But it cannot be availed of in this country because of probibitive duties,. and it may not be manufactured locally because of patent rights. Why should such appliances be shut out?

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