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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Senator SAMPSON (Tasmania) . - I propose to move that item 15, Division IV., be left out because I am opposed to increasing the sales tax on Australian cider. For some time campaigns Iia ve been conducted with the object of inducing the people of this country to use more apples. Suggestions have been made that greater quantities of apples should be consumed either in evaporated form or as cider. There is no more wholesome beverage than Australian cider if it be properly made. The Minister for Trade and Customs (Senator Keane) may remember that John Ridd, the hero of R. D. Blackmore's novel Lorna Doone, made a habit of drinking 2 gallons of cider every night before going to bed. He must indeed have been a "he-man" to consume that quantity. I submit that the Government's proposal is unsound from a health point of view. I add that I am not commercially interested in the production of cider.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator may not discuss item 15 at this stage, but at the appropriate time he may move for the re-consideration of the clause.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 5 (Amendment of Third Schedule).

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