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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - Imove -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty (general), 13s.

The effect of the alteration which I propose would be to increase by1s. . per lb. the duty on cigars coming from foreign countries. Honorable senators may be surprised to hear that 80 per cent, of the cigars imported into Australia come from countries where coloured labour is employed, in their manufacture. It is about time to put an end to that.

Senator Wilson - Will the proposed increase be sufficient for the purpose?

Senator RUSSELL - It has been fixed, after consultation with the cigarmakers of Australia, and1s. has been taken off the Excise duty. We think that this will keep the cigar trade in the hands of white labour countries.

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