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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by adding the following new sub-item : -

(C)   Argol, British free,intermediate free, general free.

Argol is at present admitted under tariff item 404 British free and general 10 per cent., but as the principal supplies of argol come from France, the local users have to pay a duty of 10per cent. A large industry for the manufacture of cream of tartar, of which argol is the raw material, is about to be started in Australia, and although Australia is a great wine-producing country, the quantity of argol available here is negligible. Cream of tartar is largely manufactured in Great Britain from argol imported from the Continent, and is exported to Australia and admitted at the preferential tariff rate. It is understood that there is no duty on argol imported into England, and it is considered only right that the Australian manufacturer should have the same advantage.

Request agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Item 281 (Sulphate of magnesia, sulphate of soda . . . carbonate of magnesia, n.e.i.) -

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