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Thursday, 17 July 1930

Senator DALY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - On 26th June, Senator E. B. Johnston asked the following, questions, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact thatbefore the recent increases in the tariff, Australian-made file; Nobel Grand Prix No.12 shot cartridges were sold in Western Australia for 17s. 6d. per 100, and that similar cartridges made in England by the samefirm were sold at 18s. per 100? 2.Is it a fact that since the. tariff increases these Australian-made cartridges are sold at22s. per 100 in Western Australia? 3.If the answers to Nos. 1 and 2 are in the affirmative, will the Minister reduce the tariff on cartridge's immediately, in order that Australian cartridges may be reduced to their former price?

I am now able to furnish the honorable senator with the following information : -

1.   From inquiries made, it appears that there isno standard wholesale or retail price for cartridges in Western Australia, each vendor fixing his ownprice. The prices of the 'Australian LoadedEley Grand Prix 12- gauge shotgun cartridge prior to 3rd April, 1 930,were- Wholesale (in lots of 7,000 ), 16s. or l7s. per 100; wholesale (in lots of 1,000), 18s. to 20s. per 100; retail, 18s. 6d. to24s. per . 100. English loaded cartridges were sold at the same figures.

2.   No increase appearsto have occurred in the wholesale selling price of the Australian article:; but the retail price charged by one firm was increased by1s. per100 from 24s., due to the advance of 9d. per 100 in the manufacturer'sprice on and from 3rd April, 1930. Thisincrease is said to have had no connexion whatever with the increased customs duty, and was decided upon prior to the date the customs duty was increased. It is attributed to adverse exchange in connexion with theimported components.

3.   See reply to Nos. 1 and 2.

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