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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South ° Wales) .- The request that has been moved, and the explanation which has been made by the Minister (Senator Russell), serve to point out the absurdity of trying to protect our industries through the Customs House. The Minister assures us that he desires that this item shall be free because it deals with the raw material of those engaged in the manufacture of preserved ginger. He also tells us that the high price of sugar places Australian manufacturers of preserved ginger at a disadvantage as compared with manufacturers abroad. That can be remedied by removing the duty of £6 per ton now levied on sugar.

Senator Crawford - The duty on preserved ginger is equal to £37 6s. 8d.- per ton, although that commodity is only partially manufactured here.

Senator GARDINER - Sugar is used in the manufacture of preserves, confectionery, and a hundred and one other things, as well as preserved ginger.

Senator Crawford - A full sugar ration put " ginger " into our troops.

Senator GARDINER - After that, I shall say no more.

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