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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive. Council) .. - I would point out to the Committee that the protection hitherto operating has been very effective, as shown' by the fact that in 1920 we actually exported 100,000 gallons of fruit juices. The figures quoted bySenator Pratten are very interesting, but are based on the assumption that the manufacturer of fruit juices here has to import his bottles and wrappings. As a matter of fact, bottles and tissue paper are made in Australia, and corks also are cut here,so that the local manufacturer of fruit juices is not called upon to pay shipping freights and duties in respect of those items.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - Can the honorable senator say whether any lime juice was exported in 1920'?

Senator RUSSELL - The Customs returns group all fruit juices under the one general heading. Out of a total of 90,427 gallons of fruit juices imported into Australia last year, Norfolk Island supplied 22,127 gallons. The agreement under which we took over Norfolk Island provides for lime juice from that country entering Australia free of duty. Norfolk Island is the largest exporter of fruit juices to the Commonwealth.

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