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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - Under previous Tariffs rennet could be imported free ; what is the reason for such heavy impositions upon it as rates of 6s., 7s., and 8s. per gallon? It has been stated that sufficient rennet can be procured in Australia to render importations unnecessary. Those engaged in the manufacture of cheese are divided in their views regarding the advisableness of placing a heavy duty upon rennet. Some say that the imported product is much superior to anything obtainable locally. The cheese industry has been built up at great expense, and has considerably expanded. If that has been due to the fact that a superior rennet has been procurable from overseas, it would be suicidal to make the duty prohibitive. There should be undoubted evidence, before heavy duties are agreed to, that a local product of equal quality is being manufactured.

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