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Friday, 29 July 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - I desire to know whether the subitem relating to coffee and chicory could be dealt with separately? Chicory is grown in Australia, and I assume very little is imported.

Senator Crawford - Chicory is grown very extensively on Phillip Island. If the coffee duty goes the chicory duty must go.

Senator SENIOR - South Australia grows sufficient chicory to meet its own meeds. The non-success of coffee-growing in Australia 'hitherto is not a factor which is applicable to chicory-growing. Unless the Minister can show that some of the States are importing chicory largely-

Senator Russell - About 99 per cent, of the coffee imported has chicory mixed with it.

Senator SENIOR - About 99 per cent, of the coffee imported arrives here in the green state, and is roasted here. I repeat that the growing of chicory in South Australia is sufficiently extensive to have done away with the need for the importation of any of that product. I do not want the duty to be removed, seeing that the industry is prosperous.

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