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Thursday, 1 September 1921


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia Minister for Defence) (2:55 AM) . - This request is perfectly justified, as some medicines contain a high percentage of spirit, and if the duties are left as they are, and no Excise is paid on the spirituous contents, local manufacturers will be penalized. I know of a man who acquired the alcoholic habit by using a certain kind of patent medicine which contained a large percentage of alcohol, and under the duties as they stand such preparations are imported without any equivalent duty on the spirit being paid. I support the request.

Request agreed to.

Bequests (by Senator Pratten) agreed to -

That the House of Representatives he requested to amend sub-item b by adding after the words in parenthesis the words "up to and including .... {here insert the date from which the requested alteration in subitem a is made to operate)".

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the sub-item by leaving out " (Or when spirituous according to the rates provided in item 9, whichever rate returns the higher duty.)"

Item agreed to, subject to requests.

Item 290-

(c)   Perfumery; perfumed ammonia; toilet preparations (perfumed or not) nonspirituous n.e.i., and spirituous when the duty payable under item 9 is less than that payable under this item; petroleum jelly n.e.i., ad val., British, 35 per cent.; intermediate, 40 per cent. ; general, 45 per cent.







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