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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - Senator Pratten has complained that the duties proposed upon fruit juices imported in bottles will penalize the local product.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The duty upon fruit juices imported in bottles is not high enough as compared with the duty upon fruit juices imported in bulk.

Senator RUSSELL - The proof of the pudding is in the eating of it. The existing duty has been so effective that there is no need to increase it, inasmuch as the greater proportion of the lemon juice imported, is imported in bulk. That fact goes to show that the duties previously operating weresufficiently high to keep out fruitjuices in bottles. Consequently, we are not preserving the ratio . which formerly existed between those duties. It is not necessary to do so to achieve the object which Senator Pratten has in view.

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