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Wednesday, 31 August 1921


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - The purpose of the request moved by Senator Gardiner, which I am willing to accept, has already been explained. The honorable senator pointed out that newspaper proprietors who publish magazines or journals printed on the cheaper paper paid duty at a certain rate, whilst those who published magazines or such a newspaper as the Bulletin, which Senator Gardiner mentioned, and which is a very warm supporter of his, used paper of a better class, and paid a higher rate. The honorable senator asked why those who used the better class of paper for newspaper purposes should be called upon to pay a higher tax than those who use ordinary newsprint. He desired that they should both be put on the same footing, that whether a newspaper proprietor published a journal with the inferior or with the better class paper, he should be called upon to make the same contribution to the revenue, and that we should certainly not, by means of the Tariff, penalize those who sought tq publish the higher class journals. Senator Pratten has asked where this glazed paper comes from. A considerable quantity of it was imported from England, but those importations were disturbed during . the war period, and most of it is now imported from the United States of America. If Senator Gardiner's request is agreed to, ohe effect will be to give an additional preference to the United Kingdom.







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