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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator SENIOR (South. Australia) . - Although invalids' foods as prescribed by departmental by-laws are admitted free, I understand that an embargo is placed on the free introduction of Horlick's malted milk. Although in composition it very much resembles other invalids' foods which are . free, it is singled out for a duty. I should like to know the reason.

Senator Russell - Infants' and invalids' foods which are not manufactured in Australia are -admitted free, but a food very similar to Horlick's malted milk is made at Bacchus Marsh. Glaxo, another Australian product, is also similar to Horlick's malted milk.

Senator SENIOR - Horlick's malted milk is the only infants' food which is not allowed to come in free under departmental by-laws.

Senator Russell - In all these matters we have to depend upon the report of the Government. Analyst.

Senator SENIOR - I do not like to see any one manufacturer penalized. Horlick's malted milk consists of desiccated cow's milk, from which some casein has been removed, and a portion of soluble vegetable albumen and cream added. There is no starch in it, so that it is really an invalids' food. Allenbury's food also comes in free.

Senator Russell - Horlick's milk is not dealt with under this item.

Item agreed to.

Item 56 -

Ginger, green, per lb.,1d.

Request (by Senator Gardiner) negatived -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the item, British, free.

Item agreed to.

Item 57 -

Grain and pulse' . . .

(a)   Wheat, per cental, British, free; inter mediateand general, 2s.

(b)   Barley, per cental, 2s.

(c)   Maize, per cental, British, ls. 6d. ; intermediate and general, 2s.

(d)   N.E.I., per cental, ls. 6d.

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