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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - If the Vice-President of the Executive Council (Senator Russell) is prepared to accept a further amendment to increase the duties generally on all dried fruits from 3d. to 4d. per lb. it will be in consonance with the vote that has just been taken, and will also include the request submitted by Senator Guthrie.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - I am not in favour of dates being dutiable at that rate.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am referring to sub-item a:

Senator Russell - The duties are too low in some cases.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - On currants, raisins, and sultanas the duty is 3d., and on apples, peaches, pears, and nectarines it is 4d. per lb. Senator Guthrie wishes preserved ginger to be dutiable at 4d. per lb., and perhaps the Minister will accept a general request on the lines I have indicated.

Senator Russell - I want more than 4d. in -some cases.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Perhaps the Minister is referring to prunes; but I am dealing only with the commodities mentioned in sub-item a. I indicated that I would move for a general increase from 3d. to 4d per lb., and partial approval has been given to that suggestion by the Committee, but a further increase is desired by Senator Guthrie, and it would simplify the position if the Minister would agree to my suggestion.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - I am sorry I cannot support the honorable senator's suggestion, because I understand that it is not necessary that any further protection should be granted for currants and raisins.

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