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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 : - " By omitting the whole of sub-item (J) (three times occurring) and inserting in its stead the following sub-item : -

(j)   Drugs, crude, viz. : - Pyrethrum flowers in packages containing not less than 28 lb. net, roots, barks, leaves, seeds, and flowers, ergot, dried vegetable juices, medicinal gums and resins, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, British free, intermediate free, general free."

The alteration which is being requested in this item., means the addition of dried vegetable juices, medicinal gums, and resins to the item. Their admission will be as prescribed by departmental bylaws, and will be limited to such dried vegetable juices, medicinal gums, and resins as are not produced in Australia or Great Britain. Although the rates of duty on these lines, when imported in bulk, are at present free from Great Britain and 15 per cent. under the general tariff, it has been found that the great majority of them are produced in foreign countries. There does not appear to be any object in increasing the cost of these raw materials, which are for use in the preparation of medicines. I do not think the committee will require any further explanation than this to agree to the request.

Request agreed to.

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