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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - May I point out to the Minister that when the duties upon lime juice and other fruit juices were lower than they are to-day, considerably lower duties were being collected upon packages.

Senator Russell - The honorable senator is forgetting that there is a duty of 7d. per dozen upon the bottles. That is why fruit juices are imported in bulk.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - - I have already said that the duty upon 100 dozen bottles of lime juice, packed abroad and imported, amounts to £21 13s. 4d. That sum is made up as follows: - A hundred dozen bottles are equal to 200 gallons, and, under the British preferential Tariff, a duty of 2s. per gallon upon that quantity would represent £20. The duty upon 81/3 gross of the bottles, under item 253 of the Tariff, at 4s. per gross, would make the total duty payable upon the articles in question, £21 13s. 4d. I do not think that leaden capsules are made complete in this country - at least in any quantity.

Senator Senior - They are made here very largely, and so also are labels.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Not the particular capsules to which I am alluding. Cork has also to be imported, and so has wrapping paper.

Senator Senior - We can make it locally.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Not the thin tissue wrapping-paper.

Senator Pearce - That is admitted free of duty.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Item 334 of the Tariff does not bear out the Minister's statement.

Senator Pearce - Capsules are admitted free.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - But I was talking of wrapping paper when my honorable friendinterjected.

Senator Pearce - And I was referring to capsules.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I think that I have proved to my honorable friend that there is a discrepancy herewhich could be remedied. I ask the Minister to consent to an increased duty of 3d. per gallon upon fruit juices imported in bulk, otherwise there will he no protection to a local manufacturer.

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