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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (1:45 AM) .- From 1908 to 1911 the Excise duty on industrial spirit, 60 per cent, overproof, was 20s. 6d. per gallon; in 1914 it was 26s. 5d. per gallon. On 25th March, 1920, the duty was raised to 41s. 3d. per gallon, and, on 17th September, 1920, to 46s. 4d. per gallon,which has since been reduced to 42s. At that figure the Excise now remains. If manufacturers are called upon to pay Excise duty it is only fair that importers should also pay proportionately in respect of the spirit contained in their importations.

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