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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) (Honorary 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

(k)   and inserting in its stead the following sub-item: -

(k)   Carbonate of potash; carbonate of potash, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, British, free; intermediate, free; general, free.'"

The request is to add the words " carbonate of potash as prescribed by departmental by-laws " to item 281k. Carbonate of potash is used in the production of dried fruits. It is claimed that by its use a better appearance of the fruit is obtained. The quality is not affected, nor is it deleterious to the consumer. From the evidence given at the inquiry before the Tariff Board, it is apparent that, in order to compete on the London market with sultanas from Greece and Smyrna, it is necessary to obtain the lighter colour of fruit desired by the purchaser abroad and supplied by the fruit sent from countries with which Australia is competing. When it is realized that 75 per cent of the sultana crop has to be exported, the importance of the Australian fruit being of the quality and appearance required by overseas purchasers is paramount. The sale of the export surplus is of the utmost importance to Australia, and it is essential that no obstacle should be placed in the way of its further extension. Carbonate of potash is not produced in either Great Britain or Australia.

Bequest agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to requests.

Items 284, 285, 298, 308, 309, and 310 agreed to.

Item 318-

By omitting the whole item and inserting in its stead the following items: -

And on and after 26th March, 1926 -

(a)   (1) Clocks, partly, or wholly of wood, ad val. . . .

(2)   Clocks, n.e.i.; Opera, Field, and Marine Glasses; Pedometers; Pocket Counters and the like, ad val. . . .

(3)   Watches and Chronometers, n.e.i.; Time Registers and Detectors, ad val. . . .

(4)   Watch movements, n.e.i. . . .

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