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Thursday, 30 April 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - Senator Brown indicated that he was beating the wind; I have come to the conclusion that he did that most effectively. In reply to Senator Hardy's observations, I shall ask the Minister to consider his suggestion. Senator Collings urged that Australia should supply its own requirements of tobacco, but difficulty arises from the fact that growers are not producing bright leaf in quantities sufficient to meet the local demand. Apart from disease, there are a thousand and one reasons why Australia is not in the position to grow the whole of the tobacco it requires. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) also commented upon the fact that the Government collects from the industry £6,500,000 in excise. This phase was touched upon by the Tariff Board on one occasion, but it was investigating the advisability of increasing the excise beyond 4s. 6d. The Government ha3 decreased the excise duty and the amount of money it is now yielding is well within the Unfit suggested by the Tariff Board.

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