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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator READY (Tasmania) .- I would like to ask why the duties of 15 per cent., under the General Tariff, and of 10 per cent. under the Tariff for the United Kingdom, which were at first levied upon motor cars have been abolished. I understood the Minister of Trade and Customs to claim that the imposition of those duties would simplify matters considerably so far as the Customs Department was concerned ? Have there been any cases in which values have been transferred from the bodies of cars to the chassis to avoid the payment of duty? I believe that the rates proposed in this Bill would operate prejudicially to the interests of the small car owner, and I would suggest that the Government should retain a minimum duty of£2410s. upon this type of car, and increase the ad valorem rate to 45 per cent. This would extend a more effective measure of protection to the industry, and remove the anomaly which at present exists.

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