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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by inserting after the figures " 342 " the letter (a), and by adding the following new sub-item : - " (c) Records for gramaphones, phonographs, and other talking machines, Free."

It was not intended, when an alteration was made in the Tariff, to impose a duty upon records which are not manufactured in the Commonwealth. The effect of my proposal, if adopted, will be to make two subitems of this item, the first of which, relating to gramaphones, phonographs, &c, will be dutiable at 10 per cent. under the general Tariff, and 5 per cent, under the Tariff for the United Kingdom ; whilst the second, which will relate to the records for these machines, will be admitted free.

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