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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by adding the follow- ing new paragraph : - " By omitting from subitem (b) the word ' including ' and inserting in its stead a comma."

In another place certain alterations were made in this item, and the elimination of the word " including " and the insertion of a comma will bring about what is desired, and make the schedule conform to the original Tariff.

Senator Millen - Will the honorable senator explain the purport of the proposed amendment in the Tariff itself ?

Senator FINDLEY - I am informed that some difficulty has been experienced lately in dealing with paints and colours ground in liquid, dutiable at 4s. per cwt., and several conflicting decisions have been given. The item is proposed to be amended in order to get rid of the difficulty.

Senator Millen - The proposed amendments affect the weight of packages, not the commodities themselves.

Senator FINDLEY - It will be much more convenient departmentally to have all packages of 14 lbs. and under classified at the same rate of duty. Both these kinds of paints are put up in the same sort of packages.

Senator Chataway - From what . document has the Minister been quoting?

Senator FINDLEY - From a departmental document, in which a note is made of the difficulties which arise in the administration of the Tariff.

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