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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) (12:51 PM) .. - As I may have been the innocent cause of probably forestalling Senator McDougall, I wish to say that I thought that after my first request had been agreed to, he would have proceeded with his request. I whispered to him to hand it tothe Chair.

Senator Vardon - As an exceedinglyimportant questionhas beenraised,Sir, think that there ought to be a quorum present. [Quorum formed.)

Items 408 (Corks), 411 (Cameras), and 416 (Clay smoking pipes), agreed to.

Item 419 -

By omitting the whole of the item and inserting in its stead the following item : - "419. (a) Pictures n.e.i., including Scripture Cards of all kinds, free.

(b)   Oil or Water Colour Paintings n.e.i., other than those by Australian students or Australian artists abroad, ad val., 25 per cent. ; and on and after 15th December, 1911, each, £1; or ad val., 25 per cent., whichever rate returns the higher duty.

(c)   Oil or Water Colour Paintings im- ported by or presented to Public Art Galleries and other similar Public Institutions, free."

Senator GARDINER(New South Wales)

I12.52 a.m.]. - I am really surprised at the Government proposing to put a tax on scripture cards. I am aware that most of these cards which contain texts are printed in Germany. In our Christian professions, we recognise all nations, and I am surprised at this attempt to tax a method of moral training. I think that Senator Pearce will agree with me that scripture texts should be made as free as possible. I know nothing nicer than to find the walls of a Protectionists' room hung with texts "Made in Germany." Our law compels that phrase to be printed on the cards in clear print.

Senator Millen - What are you proposing - a duty of 40 per cent. ?

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