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Tuesday, 19 July 1921


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Wales) . - I desire not so much to criticise these duties as to look ahead, and see what may occur in connexion with their incidence. There is in effect now a duty of 6d. per quart bottle on British beer, and in the general Tariff there is an increase of only Id. per quart bottle. I would like honorable senators to consider the position we are likely to be in when we renew trade relations with Germany in the not-distant future, and when we may expect a heavy importation of German lager beer again. I am afraid the difference in duty between the British and foreign beer will not be sufficient. The Minister {Senator Russell) might consider this aspect of the matter. I am informed that a gentleman named Julius Blau is going about Sydney soliciting orders for 4711 Eau de Cologne, which he hopes to place on the market soon and swamp all other perfumery manufacturers. So when we resume our trade relationships with Germany, we may likewise expect heavy importations of lager beer, and I say that if people want to drink that beer they should pay for it. I move, therefore -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty under the general Tariff sub-item A 3s. 6d.

I intend also to move that the duty in the general Tariff, sub-item b, be 4s.







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