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Friday, 11 June 1926

Debate resumed from the 20th May (vide page 2156), on motion by Senator Crawford -

That the bill be now read a second time.

Senator NEEDHAM(Western Australia [11.7]. - I understand that this bill seeks to amend the Excise Tariff Act for the purpose of providing that absolute alcohol and white spirit for use in universities for scientific purposes shall be free of the payment of excise. I realize how necessary it is for our universities to have every assistance in their research work, and that the use of white spirit in addition to absolute alcohol, free of the payment of excise duty, would enable them to carry on that work more economically. The Minister has given the assurance 'that the Excise Department will be on the alert to protect the revenue and the public, and I see no reason why this slight amendment should not be made.

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