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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The proposed rate of duty on veneers, the value for duty of which does not exceed 25s. a 100 square feet, is 274 per cent., as compared with 55 per cent, under the 1934 Canadian preference tariff. The duty of 8s. a 100 square feet on a value for duty exceeding 25s. a 100 square feet is equivalent to a duty of 32 per cent, downwards. The proposed rates of duty are higher than the board's recommendations, by 74 per cent, under paragraph 1, and 3s. a 100 square feet under paragraph 2.

Importations of veneer from Canada refer to yellow cedar, cypress, or Port Orford cedar separator stock, which is imported for use in the manufacture of wet batteries; The' importations for 1933- 34 and 1934-35 were wholly for this purpose, and by-law admission was given under item 404.

The fancy veneers exported from Australia are admissible into Canada free of duty, and a market was found during 1934- 35 for Australian veneers valued at £4,338. Our veneers are sought after in that dominion. On the other hand, the imports of Canadian separator stock are essential to the successful local manufacture of wet batteries in Australia, our native timber not being the most suitable for the purpose. No competition with the Australian veneer industry is anticipated as a result of this proposal, and there have been no importations of fancy veneers from the dominion within recent years.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 to 3 agreed to.

The schedule.

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