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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- I intend1 to support the- request. I under- stand that at present German beer is- not noing imported into Australia.

Senator Crawford - Senator Pratten liaid that it is coming in under another name.

Senator ELLIOTT - That is only recently. Supplies were not received' dur ing" the war,, andI do not think- Australian brewers took advantage of the situation by then increasing their prices. If we were proposing in this request to niake a general increase in the duties- on imported beer, I could understand the Minister's objection because we would be giving additional protection to the localproduct. British beer, which' constitutes the' great- bulk- of- the irivporfcations,- will- be coming- in at the same dutynd as the Australian- beer, in conjunction with supplies from Great Britain, will beable to meet the local demand, there Will be no opportunity to increase prices. If some people must have German beer, they' should be prepared to- pay a little more in order to satisfy their taste. I support the request.

Amendment agreed to.

Request,as amended, agreed to.

Request (by Senator Guthrie) agreed to- -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty,, sub-item (b) (general)',6s.

Item agreedto, subject to requests.

Item 2 (Ale, &c, non-spirituous) agreed to.

Item 3 -

Spirits ....

(a)   Brandy-

When not exceeding the strength of proof, .... per gallon, British, 30s.; intermediate, 30s.; general, 31s.

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