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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I think there is very little to complain of in a duty of 5 per cent. under the general Tariff when these articles may be admitted free from Great Britain. Men here design improvements upon sights used for rifle-shooting, and at once protect their right. A new sight in this way may come into vogue for use at rifle matches. These fittings are small articles, which are worth, perhaps, not more than 10s. each, anda duty of 5 per cent. upon them, if imported from countries other than Great Britain, would not be a matter of serious moment to riflemen. I take it that there will not be many importations of rifles or rifle fittings when the Commonwealth Small Arms Factory commences the manufacture of rifles. I do not know whether it has started yet, but, if not, it is time it had.

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