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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) .- I do not know why the duty on prunes should he as high as 4½d. per lb. The duty on currants and raisins has been increased to 4d.; but why should prunes need a duty½d. higher than other dried fruits?

Senator Russell - Because prunes are being dumped in Australia.

Senator DUNCAN - It seems to me that the proposed duty is equal to 40 per cent, ad valorem.

Senator Russell - It has been imposed especially for the protection of the fruit-growers of your State.

Senator DUNCAN - I have not had a request from the fruit-growers of my State to support an increase.

Senator Russell - The prune-growers of New South Wales are being knocked out by the' importation of prunes from California.

Senator DUNCAN - I rose to ask for information. If the Minister can satisfy me that a duty of 4½d. is necessary, I shall vote for it; but a case should be made out for this proposal.

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