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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - Under the British preferential Tariff we have a duty of 30s. per. lb., which, according to the Minister (Senator E. D. Millen), has been in operation for many years. Heavy duties on saccharin, we are told, were also imposed under the old State Tariffs. The argument generally advanced in support of high duties is that they lead to the creation of industries. Here we have an exceptionally high duty, which has been in operation for many years, but has not led to the creation of an industry.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The sugar industry has been established.

Senator GARDINER - But the high duty on saccharin has not led to the production of saccharin in Australia.

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