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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) . - I am not in favour of excessively high duties, except upon luxuries. The Committee is now dealing with luxuries; I shall therefore support the request. I cannot follow the arguments of the Minister (Senator Pearce) when he states that the reason why British imports may be admitted free while the general Tariff is only 20 per cent, is because of the difficulty in collecting' the duty. If there is anything in that remark, it will be, at any rate-, no more difficult to collect a 50 per cent, duty than one of 20 per cent.

Senator Pearce - Does not the honorable' senator believe iu manufacturing jewellers getting their raw material reasonably?

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - I would prefer to foster the development of the Australian precious stone industry.

Question put. The Committee divided

Ayes ... ... 4

Noes ... ... ... 17

Majority . . . . 13



Question so resolved in the, negative.

Request, negatived .

Item agreed to:

Item 317 (Watch and clock, main and hair springs,-&c.), agreed to.


Andon and..after. 30th. June,, 1921- ( a), ( 1 ) Clocks,. n.e.i. ;, time registers and. de- toctora; opera, field, and marine glasses; pedometers; pocket counters and the like, ad val., British,- 25 ' per cent.; - intermediate, 30 per, cent. ; general, 45 per . cent.'

(2)   Watches and. chronometers, n.e.i., ad val:. British; 10- per cent. ; intermediate; 20 per cent;; general, 30- per cent. (B). Movements and parts of movements, n.e.i., for, use in the manufacture of clocks, as prescribed by departmental by-laws,- ad val., British, 10 > per -cent.; intermediate, 20 per cent:; general, 25 per cent.

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