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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The duties under the former Tariff on lime juice and other fruit juices were 9d. per gallon in bulk and1s. 6d. per gallon in bottle. In this schedule the duty on juices in bulk has been increased by 6d., and on juices in bottle by 6d. I think that the increase on juices imported in bottle is not relatively big enough. The competition from overseas is practically all by juices in bottle.; I doubt if any fruit juice is imported in bulk, ex- cept lime juice, which, is not produced in Australia.

Senator Russell - The greater proportion of our lime juice comes from Norfolk Island, and is admitted free.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Having regard to the extraordinary increase in the prices of bottles and packages in Australia, the duty upon juices imported in bottles is not relatively high enough. I submit that the duty on bottled juices should be increased in the same ratio as has been the duty on juices in bulk. I suggest that the preferential duty on juices in bottles should be, say, 2s. 3d., and the intermediate and general duties 2s. 6d. per gallon.

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