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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - I should be glad if Senator Gardiner would temporarily withdraw his request, since I have a prior one to submit.

Request, by leave, withdrawn.

Senator SENIOR - I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to. make the duty, sub-item (c), general, per lb., 4d.

If this proposal be agreed to, I shall then move a request, to reduce the duty under the intermediate Tariff from 7d. to 4d. so that the two duties will harmonize. My proposal is that the duties on malted milk shall agree with those on milk dried or in powder form which have already been passed. The present duty of 8d. per lb. under the general "Tariff is equal to £314s. 8d. per owt., or nearly £75 per ton.

Senator Crawford - That is a little more than, the duty on dried prunes.

Senator SENIOR - And more than the duty on' sugar. Having regard to the fact that malted milk is used largely by invalids and children, the duties as they stand are altogether unreasonable. In their overweening anxiety to protect the industry, the Government seem to have lost sight of the fact that such duties as these must enhance the price of malted milk to the consumer. Surely we have not lost our sense of perspective. The people will have to pay these duties.

Senator Elliott - I hope that they will not have to do so.

Senator SENIOR - I have already shown that the price of the local article has been increased to the extent of 20 per cent. since the introduction of this Tariff, so that there is no reason to believe that the honorable senator's hope will ever be realized. I think it only reasonable to reduce the duty under the general and intermediate Tariffs to the rate applying to milk dried or in powder form.

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