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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - Paragraph 1 of this sub-item covers the ordinary paper used in the printing of newspapers. Paragraph 2 covets paper which is largely used as newsprint by the Sydney Bulletin, Melbourne Punch, and publications of that land. I wish to remind the Committee that this glazed paper is used also for other purposes, and, among them, for the printing of jam labels. As a consequence, by the adoption of Senator Gar.diner's request we shall be permitting the free admission of this glazed paper, or its admission at a reduced duty, for purposes to which I think it is not intended that a reduced duty should apply. Whilst I agree that the daily press can. obtain newsprint free from Great Britain, the weekly and monthly press" will, under this request, be placed in the same position in respect to the glazed paper which they use. As a consequence, the proprietors of daily newspapers will be called upon to pay practically twice the rate of duty to be paid by the proprietors of the weekly and monthly papers, because whilst the price of newsprint is £25 per ton, the glazed paper used by the Sydney Bulletin, Melbourne Punch, and such publications costs between £60 and £70 a ton. The request therefore, in my opinion, creates an anomaly and represents somewhat of an injustice to the proprietors of the daily press.

Request agreed to.

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