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Friday, 2 September 1921

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - With respect to the statement of Senator Payne, that it is desirable that we should follow the practice of the United Kingdom, I can quite understand the Government objecting that it would be almost impossible to effectively supervise the proper use of spirits permitted to be used under the proposed reduced duty. But in practice it should not be insuperable. I am not sure, however, that Senator Payne is making his representations at the right moment. It might be better for him to move in respect of sub-items p and q. Apart from hospitals, there are Friendly Societies' Dispensaries in every State, and it should be possible for the Customs administration to see that there is not any abuse of a concession of this character. I trust the Minister (Senator Pearce) will give the representations further consideration in order to ascertain if effect can be given to the request in this or in one of the other items.

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