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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- Senator Prattenhas adopted the attitude of a Protectionist gone mad. Earlier this afternoon he made no reference to any injustice being shown to Australian fruitgrowers by the importation of fruit juice in bulk, but he proposed an increase of 3d. per gallon. Having succeeded, he is now . asking for a double increase upon importations in bottle. Surely sufficient protection is already provided by the rates in the schedule! It should not be lost sight of, either, that thereis considerable natural protection by way of freight and other charges. When Senator Pratten attempts to place wine in the same category as fruit juice, hesays to the public, in effect, " You shall be penalized and made to pay the same proportionately, by way of duty, for fruit juice as for wine."

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - What is the use of ranting like that when the honorable senator knows that we produce out own wine?

Senator PAYNE - The trouble with the honorable senator is that, having secured an inch, he is now trying to take a yard.

Senator Wilson - We can produce all the fruit juice we need in this country.

Senator PAYNE - I believe we can. But why go to this extreme of protection ?

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