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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I do not propose to move any amendment to the tobacco duties, but-

Senator Lynch - Then why not sit down ?

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If the honorable senator will allow me, I shall . explain. It is pretty well known that the manufacture of tobacco, cigars, and cigarettes in Australia is in the hands of one firm or organization. I am not displeased that a Tariff Board will be established, because, perhaps, Parliament will at last be able to obtain some reasonable and fair information with regard to the incidence of the ad valorem and other duties on imported tobacco, cigars, and cigarettes.

Senator Drake-Brockman - That is one of the big organizations which will bo able to successfully defy the Tariff Board.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It was for that reason, I should like to inform Senator Lynch, that I rose to make one or two remarks. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that I may return to the subject at some future time.

Item agreed to.

Item 22-

Cigarettes . . . per lb.', British,11s. 6d.; intermediate, 12s.; general, 12s.

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