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Thursday, 2 November 1911

Motion (by Senator Chataway) pro posed -

That a return be tabled showing the following : -

1.   The total amount, yearly, of Excise received from sugar from the commencement of the Excise Act to date, showing also the different States which got credit for their three-fourths of it, and the respective sums so received, until the operation of the Braddon clause of the Constitution ceased. All columns to be totalled.

2.   The tonnage of sugar produced in the several States of Australia, yearly, from 1st January, 1870, to 31st December, 1910.

3.   The importations, and value thereof, in bond, of sugar, yearly, into Australia, showing also the country of origin, for the period 1890- 1900, both inclusive, and showing the class or classes of sugar, if possible.

4.   The same information for the period 1900- 1910, both inclusive, and for the half-year ending 30th June, 191 1.

5.   The various Customs duties imposed on sugar and also the Bounty, or other form of payment, if any, given on production, or export, in the following countries : -

Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, the United States of America, Italy, Russia, Spain, Canada, Great Britain, and New Zealand.

6.   The area under cane and the area harvested in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria, respectively, each year from 1st January, 1880, to 31st December, 1900.

7.   The same information from the commencement of the Excise and Bounty legislation to 31st December, 1910, separating the areas comprised in the four " Districts " created by the Regulations under such legislation.

8.   The quantity of sugar used each year, from 1st January, 1901, to 31st December, 1910, in the making or preserves, such as jams, sauces, pickles, and the like ; also, separately, the quantity used in brewing.

9.   The quantity, and value thereof, of jam exported yearly from Australia from1st January, 1901, to 31st December, 1910, and the relative amounts of drawback allowed to the exporters.

10.   The estimated consumption, in tons, yearly, of sugar in Australia from 1st January, 1901, to 31st December, 1910.

11.   The quantity, and value thereof, yearly, of sugar imported into Australia from 1st January, 1901, to 31st December, 1910, and for the half-year ending 30th June, 1911 -

(a)   for the purpose of refining ;

(b)   for direct consumption.

12.   The amount yearly received from sugar factories and refineries respectively by way of licence-fees.







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