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Thursday, 3 December 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The honorable senator has taken objection to the levying of a duty on the cards and mouthpieces contained in inside packages. Duty has been levied on such importations for a considerable number of years. Although the duty appears to be rather harsh, it is imposed as part of the protection afforded to the local producers. I do not think the honorable senator queries the increase of the duty; however, I inform him that the proposed increase under this item has been made in order to preserve the margin of protection granted for the encouragement of the manufacture in Australia of cigarettes and fine cut tobacco suitable for the manufacture of cigarettes, which was affected by the increase of duty, under item 19, on imported tobacco leaf.

Item agreed to.

Division 5. - Textiles, Felts and Furs, and Manufactures thereof and Attire.

Item 105 (Cotton piece goods, &c.).

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