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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) (1:39 AM) .- The request submitted by Senator Pratten is a perfectly fair one, and without it the duty set out in the schedule would be a mockery and a sham. We should on the one hand be giving the local manufacturer of perfumery a protection upon his output, and on the other hand taking it away by making him pay Excise duty on his spirit. In order, therefore, to afford him sufficient protection, it will be necessary to do as the honorable senator suggests, and give the local maker of perfumery the benefit of the ad valorem rates on top of the fixed rate, which practically coincides with the Excise duty he pays.

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