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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - The Government cannot accept this request, because if it were agreed to these articles would be dutiable at 15 and 10 per cent., and we desire that they should come under an item dutiable at 25 and 15 per cent.

Senator Chataway - Another rise in duty.

Senator FINDLEY - It will mean, of course, a higher duty on these particular articles. But it has been found to be a matter of absolute impossibility in some of these cases for the Department to properly classify these articles.

Senator Millen - What is it that they cannot be distinguished from?

Senator FINDLEY - They cannot be distinguished from trimmings. The Department finds it impossible to distinguish genuine trimmings from ribbons, and galoons not being bindings. They desire to have their difficulty removed, and in order that that may be done it will be necessary to place these articles in an item in which they will be dutiable at a slightly higher rate than at present.

Senator Millen - Are they manufactured in the Commonwealth?

Senator FINDLEY - I understand that some of these trimmings are manufactured in a very limited way. In order that the importers shall not be given the opportunity to import trimmings at a lower duty than was intended to be placed upon them by the Tariff of 1908, it is considered necessary to place these articles in an item in which they will be dutiable at 25 and 15 per cent.

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