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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives he requested to amend that portion of the schedule commencing with the words and figures " by omitting '234'", and ending with the figures "'234(c)'" by leaving out all the words and figures after the word " stead " and inserting- " ' 234(a) except as to goods entered for home consumption on or after 29th November, 1935, and before the 2nd April, 1936,' '234(b) ' and '234(c) ' - up to and including 30th November, 1936. 234(b)' and '234(c) '-on and after 1st December, 1936."

At the present time, the British preferential tariff rate of duty under item 234(a), portland cement, is subject to exchange adjustment. During the discussion on the customs tariff schedule the committee decided to request the House of Representatives to make the British preferential tariff rate free, as on and from the 1st December, 1936. With the British preferential rate free, the exchange adjustment would be inoperative, and the request I have just moved is for the removal of the exchange adjustment from item 234(a), as on and from the 1st December, 1936.

Request agreed to.

Schedule agreed to, subject to a request.

Title agreed to. Bill reported with a request.

Standing and Sessional Orders suspended ; report adopted.

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