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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE - Under Senator Gardiner's request the Governor-General could import beer free of duty.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - He could import beer or cigars ; but if he dare bring in any wines or spirituous liquors, which Senator Gardiner does not drink, a great outrage will be perpetuated upon the Democracy. If the honorable senator wishes to be logical, and I am not accusing him of that desire, his proper course will be to vote against the item altogether. I hope the Committee will not delete the item, which has appeared in every Tariff passed since Federation. Articles required for official purposes by the Governor-General have always been admitted free. I dislike referring to what one learns at Government House, but I can appeal to honorable senators generally to bear me out in the statement that the gentlemen who have occupied the position of Governor-General of Australia have always shown appreciation of Australian products, which are invariably to be found on the table at Government House. It does appear to be rather small to dissect things required by the Go vernor-General in the way proposed, and to say that some shall be admitted free of duty whilst duty must be paid on others.

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