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Friday, 2 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) . - I ask Senator Benny not to persist with his request, for I can assure him that the figures show that this duty is effective, and that the industry is growing. I can also repeat the assurance given to him by my colleague (Senator Russell), that the Government are making inquiries with & view to an arrangement that will obviate the difficulty he refers to in regard to certificates, and to insure observance of the provisions of the law respecting importations. I ask the honorable senator to leave the matter as it stands for the present with the assurance that the duty represents a substantial protection.

Senator Benny - Brandy manufacturers do not consider that they have adequate protection.

Senator PEARCE - Of course, manufacturers may reasonably say that, but if the honorable senator will examine the rate of Customs duty, and the rate of Excisej and remember the immense strides that the industry has made, he will, I think, come to the conclusion that the duty does afford effective protection.

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