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Tuesday, 19 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I may point out to Senator Pratten that at. present we are not trading with Germany, so no German beer is coming into this country. But there are other countries. For instance, there are a fair number of Danes in Australia. If they desire to import a little Danish beer we should not, by means pf this Tariff, prohibit them.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - But when German beer is being imported, where is the Tariff to deal with it?

Senator RUSSELL - I have no doubt . that, when w.e resume our trade relationship with Germany, we shall be able to deal as wisely in the matter of any restrictive measures that may be necessary, as in this Tariff.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I was hoping that the Minister would accept my amendment with alacrity.

Senator RUSSELL - The Government have no wish to load the Bill unnecessarily with requests merely because of a desire to strike a blow at Germany.

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