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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator WILSON (South Australia) . - If I am correctly informed, sulphur is of great importance to the farming industries of the Commonwealth. The new duties proposed will mean an increase of 5s. a ton in the price of superphosphates. I understand that the Australian manufacturers of superphosphates are entering into an arrangement with the Federal authorities for a supply of rock from Nauru Island, and have undertaken that there shall be no increase in the (price of the product. But now there is presented to us a Tariff which will have the effect of increasing the price of superphosphate by reason of the duty on sulphur, by 5s. a ton.

Senator Pearce - Senator Pratten approached me on this question, and I told him that I would agree to sulphur being admitted free under certain conditions. The honorable senator has a request that he desires to move.

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