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Friday, 29 July 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) . - The Minister (Senator Russell) has taken some" exception to a statement made by me that Rangoon candles had been offered at7½d. per lb., delivered in Sydney, duty paid. In proof of my statement I submit the following letter : -

Sydney, 19th July, 1921.

Rangoon Candles.

DearSir. - Referring to our conversation re Rangoon candles, we shall be glad to cable for your requirements for shipment to be specified by you, at7½d. per lb., duty paid and delivered net, based on present rate of duty of 2½d. per lb., net cash against documents . on presentation.

We shall be glad to have your instructions.

Yours faithfully,


Senator Russell - I did not challenge the honorable senator's statement, but no importations of Rangoon candles have been recorded by the Customs Department for more than ten years. The letter which the honorable senator has read apparently indicates a new move, and that is why I favour the postponement of the item to allow of further inquiry being made.

Item postponed.

Item 43-

Coffee and chicory -

(a)   raw and kiln dried, per lb., 3d.;

(b)   roasted or ground, . per lb., 6d.

(c)   substitutes, per lb., 6d.

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