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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - The proposal of the Government is a new one. It is that the various infants' and invalids' food products shall be gathered up under the heading of malted milk, and be made dutiable. This means very much to those who are dependent upon such foods. Underthe Customs by-laws, the following arere garded by the Department as infants' and invalids' foods -

Coombs' Malted; Horlick's Malted Milk; Lorimer's Malted; Nestles Dextrinized Malted

Milk Food ;. Nestles Dextxinized and Malted Starchless- Milk Food; Pulv. Ext..Maitic. Sacch. Lactis- (F. H. Faulding and Company, London); Three Spires Brand Malted Food; Hooker's Malted Milk; Lacto Malted1 (Howard Lloyd and' Company, Leicester) ; Manhu Flaked Barley, identical with Manhu Diabetic' Barley; Manhu Special Flour, identical with Manhu Diabetic Flour ; Manhu Special Biscuits, identical with' Manhu Diabetic Biscuits.

The fact is that the Government have taken a dozen' varieties of overseas products, which were formerly imported free, and have imposed a duty of between 25 and 30 per cent.It Would be interesting to learn the values of these compounds. The Committee should be informed exactly what the Customs imposition means to purchasers.

Senator Russell - The duty means, upon the three sizes respectively, 14 per cent., 18 per cent., and 22 per cent. Surely those rates arenot too high !

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