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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I do not know why rice meal and rice f our should not be admitted free. It is true that some employment may be given in cleaning and grinding rice; but that is no reason why the price should be increased to those who desire to use it. It will be a long time before rice will be successfully grown in Australia, because at present our energies are devoted to the growing of other crops. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make sub-item (b) free.

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