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Wednesday, 2 December 1936


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - by leave - I lay on the table of the Senate the report of the Tariff Board on - .

Portland Cement from United Kingdom - Operation of Sections 4 and 7 of the Customs Tariff (Industries Preservation) Act 1921-33.

The references to the board were as to the necessity for the operation of sections 4 and 7 of the act mentioned in respect of shipments of cement ex m.v. Rabaul at Sydney and ex m.v.Brattdal at Fremantle in August last, and also as to the necessity for the general operation of sections 4 and 7 of the act iu respect of portland cement originated in or exported from the United Kingdom. The board's recommendations are as under: -

1.   That Gazette notice No. 203 of 8th July, 1924, bringing portland cement from the United Kingdom within the provisions of section 7 of the Customs Tariff (Industries Preservation) Act 1921-1933, be cancelled.

2.   That the following bo gazetted under sections 4 and 7 of the Customs Tariff (Industries Preservation) Act 1921-1933: -

Portland cement originated in or exported from the United Kingdom of which the c.i.f. price at main Australian ports is less than 51s. (id. sterling per ton.

3.   That no action lie taken to impose dumping duty on the importations of cement exBrattdal and Rabaul referred to in this report.

In a footnote the Board states that it has examined the proposed amendments to the Customs Tariff (Industries Preservation) Act 1921-1933, now being considered by the Parliament, and desires to point out that its recommendations would not be varied by the enactment of legislation along the lines proposed. It is anticipated that copies of the report will be available to honorable senators by tomorrow morning.







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