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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1896

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) -In view of the lack of demand on Australian foundries to cast church bells on the pre-selected tones of E, G, and A, is the Minister for Customs and Excise prepared to deal sympathetically with church groups which have to import such bells? Further, could the Minister give expeditious attention to the request of St Raphael's Slovene Mission which has imported 3 bells from the Ferralit foundry at Zalec in the Yugoslav Republic of Slovenia?

The PRESIDENT - I call the Minister for Customs and Excise. I do not know whether he is being asked to ring matins or the angelus.

Senator MURPHY - I am able to say confidently that I will give favourable consideration to such requests. There is no Australian manufacturer of tuned bells of this kind. Requests have been made for duty free importation, in particular by the St Raphael's Slovene Mission. I am happy to inform the honourable senator that, in accordance with the by-law policy which I have enunciated, a decision has been made to admit the bells free of duty under by-law. It is interesting to note that, despite the suggestion of some honourable senators that trade between Australia and Yugoslavia would not prosper, here is an indication of the opening up of an area of trade which is only one example of the harmonious relations that exist between our 2 friendly countries.

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