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Wednesday, 11 August 1926

Senator McHUGH (South Australia) . - 1 understand that turpentine substitutes are not manufactured in Australia. I have received a telegram from the Chamber of Manufactures, Adelaide, which reads -

This Chamber desires elimination extra duty turpentine substitutes or placing mineral turpentine under item 404 interest South Australian paint manufacturers.

I should like the Minister to give us some information regarding sub-item (3). If this duty will interfere with the manufacture of paint in Australia, I can see no reason for it, especially as turpentine substitutes are not produced in this country. Honorable senators know my views regarding the tariff generally; I am probably an extreme tariffist. I believe in a protective tariff, not a revenue tariff. Anything that we cannot manufacture in this country should, in my opinion, com? in duty free.

Senator CRAWFORD(QueenslandHonorary Minister) \i.S\. - Genuine turpentine, which is a vegetable product, is admitted free from all countries, but a duty is imposed on turpentine substitutes. The rates for turpentine substitutes set out in the schedule are the same as those under the old tariff.

Schedule agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported .without request; report adopted.

Motion (by Senator Crawford) proposed -

That the bill be now read a third time.

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