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Wednesday, 10 August 1921


Senator VARDON - It is the object of imposing the duty. Cuticura soap, one of the biggest selling lines of fancy soaps, is now almost wholly manufacturedin Australia. Senator Pratten was wrong in saying that the bulk of the raw material for the manufacture of toilet soaps is derived from the coconut. My information is that coconut oil represents only 15 per cent, as against 85 per cent, of tallow in the manufacture of a cake of toilet soap. In regard to the aspect of lack of competition, seeing that we have twentysix soap-making establishments in New South Wales, seventeen in Victoria, thirteen in Queensland, six in South Australia, three in Western Australia, and one in Tasmania, sixty-six in all, we should have nothing to fear in that direction. There does not appear to be any possibility of anything in the nature of a Combine.







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