AUSTRALIAN PICTURE SHOWS
"A NECESSARY COMMODITY/' THE SAMeTas BEER. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY, December 18. A deputation of picture-show proprietors asked the Attorney-General to recognise the kir.ematograph film as a necessary commodity. It was alleged that the film combine was passing 50 por cent, of the increase on the film duty—which was really meant as a protective measure for the local industry—on to the showmen with regard to millions of feet of films upon which there was no extra duty paid. This meant that the combine was reaping an increase of from 2CO to 300 per cent., and would mean the closing of many shows and the throning out of work of 500 musicians. 'The Attorney-General replied that he was preparing a Bill to deal with combines, including that of tho moving pictures. He advised that' tho matter be submitted to the Commodities Commission, upon whoso recommendation he would act.
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AUSTRALIAN PICTURE SHOWS, Evening Star, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914