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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - It is quite apparent to me, unless I am making a very serious blunder, that this item will bring in revenue- without securing any advantage. Prior to this anomalous attempt to remedy anomalies in the Tariff, lace goods could be imported as piece goods, at 5 per cent, and free. But by this measure they are removed from item 123, and subject to duties of 15 and to per cent, if they measure 18 inches and over in width, whereas lace goods under 18 inches wide are .removed from the item under which they were dutiable at 15 and 10 per cent., and made "dutiable at 25 and 15 per cent. I regard this as an extraordinary attempt, not to rectify an anomaly, but rather to increase the revenue through the Customs. These two qualities of lace which are now admitted duty free, would, under this proposal, be dutiable at 10 per cent, and 15 per cent., and the duty on laces of less than 18 inches in width would be increased. I hope that the Government will retire from the position they have taken up in connexion with the item.

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