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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- Senator Prattenhas overlooked one important fact, namely, the additional natural protection afforded in respect of juices imported in bottles by reason of the higher cost of freight, packing, and other charges. Those charges upon juices imported in bottles would be quite double the charges on juices imported in bulk, and, having regard to that fact, the increase of duty upon the bottled article is proportionately equal to the increase of duty upon the goods imported in bulk. That fact must be obvious to everybody, and it is one which should be taken into consideration. The Government have been actuated by a desire to impose upon lime juice as fair a duty as is possible, bearing in mind the different classes of packages in which it arrives from overseas. It would take many cases of bottled lime juice to equal in bulk a hogshead of the juice. . The freight upon an equal quantity of lime juice in bottles would be quite double that which is charged upon juice imported in bulk. The ordinary bottles contain a reputed quart. Upon reconsideration, the honorable senator will, I think, admit that the duties proposed upon this item are relatively fair ones.

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