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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - I move--

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by leaving out the figures " 80," and inserting in lieu thereof " 70."

Here is a sample of a board which, at the size of 20 x 25 inches, weighs 79 lbs. per ream of 480 sheets, and being under the prescribed weight of 80 lbs., is dutiable. Tags are taken out of one list and made dutiable at a higher rate; but the paper or board from which they are made, at the size of 20 x 24 inches, weighs 69 lbs., and at the size of 20 x 25 inches, 70 lbs. It is only reasonable that the proposed weight of 80 lbs. should be reduced, because, otherwise, we shall raise some of the duties by over 100 per cent. If we could reduce the prescribed weight to 70 lbs. per ream of 480 sheets, it would be a great relief, I think, to those engaged in this industry. It is a very reasonable request, which I hope the Minister will see his way to accept.

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