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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator PAYNE - The fact remains that the British commodity came in free of duty, and that there was a preference of only 5 per cent. - that being the ad valorem rate upon the foreign product prior to the framing of the present Tariff. In common with other honorable senators, I have been furnished with a statement which is alleged to have been taken from a bulletin published in Adelaide under date 8th August. From a cursory glance through the document, it does not appear to me that the industry of making cream of tartar is sufficiently large and flourishing, or that it was so during the war - when there was very little of the .commodity imported compared with the total amount used - to meet the demands of the local market.In the war years a ^substitute was used, but the head of every house knows the domestic difficulties that had to be contended with in using " the next best thing." The imports for the year ended 30th June, 1920, amounted to 1,062 tons. Of that total, 115 tons came from the United Kingdom; 628 tons from the Continent ; and 319 tons from the United States of America. I suggest that the duty on cream of tartar be deferred; it is reasonable to propose that in view of the action taken by the Committee on the item just dealt with. I am convinced that the needs of the people are not being supplied by Australian manufacturers of cream of tartar. I have received some informative particulars concerning the actual total of manufacture and the quantity likely to be produced.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -brockman. - I know that some of the alleged facts contained in the document from which the honorable senator is quoting are not correct; in view of which knowledge I am naturally led to doubt certain of the other particulars.

Senator PAYNE - Naturally ! I emphasize that cream of tartar is essential to every householder. The Committee should be careful,, in view of the fact that the proposed rates of duty are veryhigh.

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