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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I am not prepared to accept any assertion to the effect that we are not- importing at least lime juice into Australia. Considerable quantities of the well-known brand of Montserrat lime juice and limejuice cordials were imported before the war; but I do not know whether they are still coming in. Norfolk Island is not the only country that exports- fruit juicesto Australia.

Senator Russell - Our imports last year included 79,330 gallons in bulk, and8,906 gallons in bottles. Out of that total Norfolk Island last year supplied us with 22,127 gallons.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In other words, of our total importations of fruit juices approximately 25 per cent, come from Norfolk Island. As Senator Crawford says, we can grow practically everything in Australia,, and surely the local production of the fruit juices , now imported from countries other than Norfolk Island would be worth something to the lemon, lime, and raspberry growers of Australia.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - Lemon-growing does not pay to-day.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is so; and I shall have something to say on that subject when the duty relating to lemon peel is before us. There are two points to be considered. The first, raised by Senator Crawford, is that we should increase the duties on fruit juices in bulk and in bottle, and the other is that the relative difference as between the duties on bulk and bottled fruit juices should be fairer. If Senator Crawford is not prepared to move a request for an increased duty I shall do so.

Senator Crawford - I will leave it to my honorable friend.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then, to begin with, I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duties, ' sub-item (a) - British,1s: 6d.; intermediate,1s. 9d.; general, 1s.9d'.

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