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Friday, 29 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The figures must be extremely satisfactory to the arrowroot-growers of Queensland, and are conclusive evidence that the proposed duty should stand.

Item agreed to.

Item 37 (Bacon and ham).

SenatorPRATTEN (New South Wales) [12.28]. - We now come to one of the duties, of which there aremany, that I think can be described as quiescent ; that is. to say, the development of the industry has been such that, practically, duties do not apply. The bacon and ham industry in Australia in recent years has attained such dimensions that I believe the home market is already supplied, and there is considerable export trade, largely, again, from Queensland. I regard such duties as these as purely nominal, having no effect on the cost of the commodity, and no. protective effect.

Senator Bolton - Then why not remove this duty? We have decided to let in pigs free - why not bacon?

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am not prepared to support the reduction of duties which, in essence, afford some cover for the primary producer.

Senator Russell - Large quantities of bacon used to be imported from Germany.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That was so before the duties were raised. This and similar duties particularly affect the primary producer, and help him as well as other people.

Senator Bolton - Germany will send pigs instead of bacon !

Item agreed to.

Item 38 (Biscuits).

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