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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) (2:45 AM) . - Upon aluminium, the Senate Committee imposed unnecessarily heavy duties. I move-

That the request to the House of Representatives to amend sub-item (a) by making the duties on aluminium angles, bars, plates, rods, shapts, strips and tees, not polished, plated, decorated, or further manufactured, on and after 1st January, 1922, ad val., British, 25 per cent.; intermediate, 35 per cent.; general, 40 per cent., be amended by omitting the rates of duty and inserting, in lieu thereof, 15 per cent., 20 per cent., and 25 per cent.

These forms of aluminium represent the primary stage in the manufacture of articles of that ware. To a certain extent, they are a raw material. If the very high rates requested by this Committee were decided upon, the manufacture of aluminium ware in Australia would be crippled. Further, there should be consistency. In dealing with other metals, care has been taken to make the duties upon the raw material less than upon the completed article.

Amendment agreed to.

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