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Friday, 1 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - This item may serve to illustrate somepoints which will probably arise in connexion with a number of other items. In 1933-34 the imports of biscuits amounted to 48,588 lb., the duty on which was- 3d. per lb. British, less exchange adjustment, and 4d. per lb. general. Although biscuits from the United Kingdom weremade free in December, 1934, the imports for 1934-35 were only slightly higher than for the previous years, the quantity imported being about 53,000 lb. Australia's exports of biscuits during 1933-34 totalled 2,112,000 lb., and in the following year, 2,678,000 lb. Our manufacturers of biscuits suffer a number of disadvantages compared with their overseas competitors. For instance, butter and sugar which play so important a part in the manufacture of biscuits, are more costly in Australia than in England. That Australia is able to export biscuits despite that disadvantage, is evidence of the efficiency of the industry.

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