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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) (1:27 AM) .-- I direct attention to the ad valorem duties in the second sub-item b, which deals with .vessels n.e.i. trading Intra-State or Inter-State for any continuous period of three months.

Senator Pearce - The duties will not be operative until 1925 except in respect of vessels not exceeding 500 tons gross register. Vessels up to 500 tons are being built in all the States.

Senator LYNCH - It has occurred to me that the larger type of vessel might be required in the Inter-State trade, and, if engaged on a time charter for three months, this sub-item would become operative and prove a hardship.

Senator Pearce - I do not think any time charters are entered into for vessels of less than 500 tons gross register.

Senator LYNCH - But I am thinking of the possibilities if the time charter exceeds three months.

Senator Keating - If their employment extends beyond three months they will be regarded as having been imported, and be dutiable.

Senator LYNCH - I understand that the shortest time charter is six months.

Therefore, I would suggest that the subitem be altered to provide for these duties to become operative in respect of any continuous employment for, say, six months.

Senator Pearce - The existing provision has been operative since 1908, and we have not heard a single complaint about it.

Senator LYNCH - That applies, of course, to the smaller type of vessels. I am raising the point with the object of emphasizing the custom in regard to time charters. If a company employs a steamer on a time charter for about four months, it will be penalized by these duties.

Bequest, as amended, agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Item 425 (Wall and ceiling parts) agreed to.

Item 426-

(b)   Stained glass windows for churches or public institutions, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, ad val., British, 20 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 30 per cent.

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