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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (1:49 AM) . - This subject-matter was investigated very thoroughly by the Customs Department. I am asking the Committee to seek to impose a duty not of more than 100 per cent., but of only 25 per cent., in circumstances where imported' spirits and Excise spirits are placed upon the same level. If the Committee held that all spirit used for industrial purposes should bo free, and should pay no Excise, I would not ask that the im ported spirit should be penalized. But if our manufacturers are to pay a very heavy industrial impost, it is only fair that importers should pay. the same.

Request agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Postponed item 9 -

Spirituous preparations, viz. : - Essences . . medicines, infusions, toilet preparations .

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