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Thursday, 3 December 1936

Senator BADMAN (South Australia) . - I am not at all satisfied with the answer given by the Minister; he has failed to show why the duties imposed in respect of Items 18 and 19 have been increased by 42 per cent. Imported unstemmed tobacco leaf provides more employment in Australia than is provided by the importation of stemmed leaf. Therefore, the increase of the duty by 42 per cent. in respect of both stemmed and unstemmed leaf is very unjust. I am at a loss, therefore, to understand why the duty in both cases has been increased by the same percentage.

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