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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I hope that the Committee will not accept the request, for the reason that it would be absolutely impossible for the Department to properly carry it out. There would be interminable difficulties.

Senator Vardon - How does the Department manage now?

Senator FINDLEY - The definition of " fancy box " is largely left in the hands of the departmental officers.

Senator Vardon - Largely, not altogether ?

Senator FINDLEY - No, because in some cases there is no doubt as to what a fancy box is.

Senator Vardon - If there is no doubt on the subject, why not insert a definition?

Senator FINDLEY - From time to time the Department-

Senator Vardon - " From time to time " - the same thing again.

Senator FINDLEY - The honorable senator is aware that it is only after an experience of some years that the officers discover defects in the Tariff or shortcomings or difficulties, and then they have to make definitions in the interests of the Department and of trade generally.

Senator Rae - And to vary their definitions.

Senator FINDLEY - From time to time the officers are forced to vary their definitions. I find that on more than one occasion the Department has defined " fancy box " -

1.   Boxes which are necessary for the pur pose of protecting and conveying merchandise and which answer that purpose and no more are not fancy boxes.

2.   Boxes which are printed or labelled con spicuously with the manufacturer's or trader's name or description of the contents would usually be considered as coming under paragraph 1.

3.   Boxes which do not come within paragraph 1 fall under item 387 (a, b, or c).

4.   These directions are not restricted to any particular class of goods, but apply, in all cases, whether goods are imported in compartments or others contained in packages.

5.   Cardboard boxes containing pins, classified as inside containers not fancy boxes.

6.   Ornamental tin boxes containing Callard and Bowser's butterscotch marked with the manufacturers' name and the name of the confection and containing the confectionery, classified as not fancy boxes.

There is no doubt that the Department has no difficulty in respect to butterscotch boxes, because they are all marked. Fancy boxes and boxes which are not fancy are made extensively in Australia, and in order that boxes which are filled with certain articles shall not come into undue competition with our manufacturers of boxes, we want the definition of " fancy box " to rest with the Department.

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