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Tuesday, 19 December 1911


Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - The quantity of dextrine which is imported is small, but its free importation is of importance to various industries. It is the raw material for a number of industries which Parliament has gone out of its way to protect. There is no pretence by the Government that this is a Protectionist duty.


Senator McGregor - No one can contend that it will yield a big revenue.


Senator McDougall - Drop it.


Senator McGregor - Oh, take a vote.


Senator GARDINER - I take it from the Minister's remark that he wants the Committee to vote out the item.


Senator McGregor - No.


Senator GARDINER - In such industries as card-box making, envelope making, leather-bag making, and boot making, dextrine is found to be a very suitable and useful article. My impression is that dextrine, which is easily made up, competes with the product of certain industries which import their raw material free.


Senator Story - We are all convinced that the item ought to come out. Let us take a vote.


Senator GARDINER - On that understanding, I am prepared to take my seat.







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