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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- This proposal has been examined by the Department, but we are not at present in a position to say definitely that the fixed duties set out in the request represent the same rate as the ad valorem duties. We agree, however, that fixed duties are necessary, and I propose to accept the request, subject to the condition that if it becomes necessary to make adjustments, in the event of our discovering on further inquiry that these specific duties are higher or lower than the existing ad valorem duties, we shall take action to that end in another place.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is quite fair.

Request agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Item 385 (Coke), item 386 (Copying apparatus), and item 387 (Cordage, unserviceable), agreed to.

Item 388-

Cordage, metal, including cordage of metal with core of other material, ad val., British, free; intermediate, 5 per cent.; general, 10 per cent. ; and on and after 1st January, 1922, ad val., British, 30 per cent.; intermediate, 40 per cent.; general, 45 per cent.

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