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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) .- I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty on sub-item (g), per lb., Id.

Raw ginger can be grown in practically all the States.

Senator Payne - Is it grown in Australia ?

Senator CRAWFORD - It is grown in Queensland; I cannot speak of the other States. For the little labour and expense involved in manufacturing preserved ginger, even if sugar is dear at the present time, a duty of 4d. per lb. is too high. We have imposed much lower duties upon other products which have to be grown, and passed through most intricate and expensive processes before the finished article can be put upon the market, and if it is desirable to establish an industry for the manufacture of preserved ginger out of the raw article, imported from other countries, it is still more desirable to encourage the production of the raw material within the Commonwealth.

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