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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator FOLL (Queensland) .- I was under the impression, when the Government made a concession some months ago to. Australian manufactured leaf, that all Australian leaf would obtain the benefit of it, but I understand now that the concession applies only when the tobacco is manufactured wholly from Australian leaf. Regarding the request moved by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings), while I as a Queenslander am anxious to assist the industry, I cannot overlook the fact that the proposal, if agreed to, would involve a loss of revenue amounting to £200,000 a year. This is evident even from the. figures given by the honorable senator himself. I believe that the Government acted wisely in reducing the excise on Australian-grown leaf, but I am not going to vote for a request that would have the effect of reducing the revenue by £200,000 a year.

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