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Friday, 29 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - We may judge from the figures quoted by the Minister that the duty has been of no value in encouraging the cultivation of coffee in Australia. That being so, the duty becomes purely a revenue one, and the Committee should consider whether or not it should be reduced. Tea is admitted free of duty; coffee is an almost equally popular drink, and is used for exactly the same purpose. If the duties in the schedule are agreed to, we shall not be helping primary production, and there does seem to be a good case for the reduction of the duty.

Senator Lynch - Or its abolition.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Or its abolition, if necessary. I do not wish to impose unnecessarily heavy taxes upon the consumers.

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