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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - The importations under this item are practically nil. It will be noted that it is proposed under item 160a to admit chaff-cutter knives under the British preferential Tariff free, and to make them dutiable at 5 per cent. and 10 per cent. under the intermediate and general Tariffs. The only purposewhich this item serves is that if the roughshaped steel is at any time imported it will not 'be dutiable at a higherrate than thefinished article. We do not make many chaff-cutterkniveshere, but we carry out to a large extent the finishing process.

Item agreed to.

Item 150 (Steel, band or ribbon) and item 151(Flexible metal tubes) agreed to.

Item 152-

(a)   Iron and steel tubes or pipes (except riveted, east, close Jointed, or cycle tubes or parts) not more than 3 inches internal diameter; iron and steel boiler tubes, ad val., British, free; intermediate, 5 per cent.; general, 10 per cent., and on and after . 1st January, 1922, ad val.,British, 27½ per cent; intermediate, 35 per . cent.-; general, 40 per , cent. . . .

(b)   Closejointed iron or steel pipes and tubes; cycle tubing including liners, benttubing and fork sides,whether plated or brazed or not, but not includingcycle frames partly or wholly finished; wrought iron and steel pipes, n.e.i. ; wroughtiron and malleable cast iron fittings for pipes, and cast iron fittings for pipes of notmorethan 2 inches internal diameter, ad val., British, 27½ . per cent.; intermediate, 35 per cent.; general40 per cent.

Request (by Senator Gardiner) proposed -

That the House ofRepresentatives be requested to make sub-item (a), British, free.

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