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Wednesday, 10 August 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - The duty was increased by½d. per lb. in another place, and I do not think we are justified in going further. I have already quoted figures showing that there is a difference of1d. per lb. in the price of stearine and wax candles in favour of thelatter, and if we increase the protection on wax candles the production of the stearine product will be reduced.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Do you wish to kill the wax-candle industry?

Senator RUSSELL - The departmental officers, after giving this matter every consideration, are satisfied that the present duty is sufficient to enable the wax candle industry to be successfully carried on. Inquiries made by the Department show that the price paid for Rangoon wax candles is 9d. per lb., and if the duty is increased it will be necessary to raise the duty on stearine candles.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Whose opinion is the Minister quoting?

Senator RUSSELL - This is not an opinion; it is a fact.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - And I dispute it.

Senator RUSSELL - Then it is the honorable senator's duty to prove that what I have said is incorrect. I am taking the responsibility for the statement I am making.

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