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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - With all due respect to honorable senators, I think we are wasting time on what, having regard to the imports under the sub-item, is a rather insignificant question.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - With such a duty, I should not expect the imports to be heavy.

Senator Drake-Brockman - The duty amounts to £4,480 per ton.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Senator Thomas, then, admits the efficacy of the Tariff. There was admitted into this country last year only 1,000 lbs., or less than half a ton of saccharin. The quantity consumed is very small, and, in the circumstances, the Committee might well dispose of the item without further discussion. There was a duty on saccharin under the New South Wales Tariff. These duties go back to the Commonwealth Tariff of 1908, with the exception that we are imposing an additional duty of5s. per lb. under the general Tariff.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is saccharin made here?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understand that it is not made here.

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