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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) . - "When a duty was put on hubs, felloes, and rims, I expressed the opinion that the duty on vehicles should be raised, and I am very glad that Senator Givens has submitted this request. Of course, it is impossible to calculate with mathematical accuracy the corresponding duty, but I think that his proposal is moderate. I do not believe that it will affect imports very much, because I do not think that many vehicles are brought into the country now. If there is one thing in which our manufacturers excel it is in the manufacture of buggies and vehicles.

Senator RAE(New South Wales) f_io.i6]. - Senator McColl has stated that, in his opinion, this request, if given effect to, will not affect imports very much, because he does not consider that there are very many vehicles imported now. I agree with him. We have requested an increase of the duty on the material out of which wheels are made. Although this request, if given effect to, will not have any substantial effect in reducing the imports, it will have the effect of increasing the price of the vehicles which are made in Aus tralia. 'If it does not do that, it will not do any good to the persons whom Senator Givens wishes to help, but if it does do that it will be a tax upon the community, and make it more and more difficult for any persons but the richest to ride in vehicles or possess them. I commend that method of securing a more equitable division of the world's wealth to the honorable senator, and those who think with him, but it does not meet with my approbation.

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