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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) . - The amount of protection which it is proposed to extend to lime juice and other fruit juices is altogether too low. Throughout the schedule I find that the protection extended to tropical products is not anything like so large as the protection accorded to the products of the temperate parts of Australia.. This afternoon, we agreed to a duty of 3s. per gallon upon grape wine, unfermented, which is simply grape juice. I can see no reason why the duty upon lime juice should not be at least as high asthat upon grape juice.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My argument referred only to the relativeness of the two duties, and not to the amount of them.

Senator CRAWFORD - I know that. I quite recognise that sugar is a tropicalproduct, and I only wish that the measure of protection which has been extended to that industry was comparable to that which has been accorded to many of the products of the southern portion of this continent.

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