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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I regret that, in my previous remarks, I omitted to refer to the duty itself. The proposed rates of duty in this new subitem are equivalent to an increase of 2d. per lb. on the crude rubber content of rubber latex. Rubber latex was not covered in the 1933 tariff, and consequently was admitted free of duty as unspecified goods. A revenue duty of 2d. per lb., irrespective of the place of origin, is imposed on crude rubber, and the purpose of this proposed duty on the crude rubber content of latex is to bridge a revenue gap occasioned by the use of the latex in the manufacture of many lines of rubber goods in which crude rubber is generally employed. It is really an equalization duty.

Item agreed to.

Item 332 (Rubber hose).

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