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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - As honorable senators are aware, newsprint is not made here, and the duty proposed cannot be regarded as intended to foster a local industry, whatever may be our hopes for the future with regard to the manufacture of this paper in Australia. The question then arises, what is a reasonable measure of preference to grant to the products of the Old Country?

Wehave to consider at the same time how far we are justified in going in imposing, purely for revenue purposes, a duty on those in Australia who must use this class of paper. The Government have considered that a . duty of £2 per ton represents a fair . adjustment of the conflicting claims. The duty on newsprint represents a considerable addition to the cost of production of the country newspaper, and in the circumstances - it is deemed to be quite a reasonable proposition to make the duty on this class of paper as low as possible, having regard to the desire to give preference to imports from Great Britain. It is in that spirit that I have submitted my request.

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