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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend sub-item (J) to read -

(J)   Drugs, crude, viz. : - Roots, barks, leaves, seeds, and flowers; ergot, pyrethrum flowers in packages containing not less than 28 lbs. net, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, free.

These things are not produced in Australia, and I understand it is the desire of the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) that they should be free. As framed, the sub-item appears to limit roots, barks, and leaves to certain specified varieties.

Senator Pearce - I understand that the suggested alteration has been submitted to the Minister for Trade and Customs, and meets with his approval.

Senator Gardiner - If these items are to be picked out as free of duty, will others besu bject to the payment of duty?

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My proposal is a drag-net, which will include everything of the character not grown in Australia.

Request agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to requests.

Item 282-

Opium for medicinal purposes only, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, ad val., British, free; intermediate, free; general, 15 per cent.

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