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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Apparently the whole of the chemicals covered by the sub-items a, b, and c were free before the imposition of the deferred duties which came into force on 1st January last. I understand that they were deliberately imposed for the purpose of creating a big chemical industry in Australia. I further understand that certain negotiations went on between the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) and the great firm of chemical manufacturers in England, Brunner, Mond, and Company; and, apparently, from what we see in the daily press, that firm is still talking about starting, I believe, in Western Australia. The duties are now in operation, but the chemical industry has not come into being. Senator E. D. Millen's request has reference to the present duty on caustic soda only. Can the honorable gentleman give the Committee any information as to what this firm proposes to do? The Minister will see that the new duty to be imposed on the 1st January includes the whole item. If his request is passed by the Committee, it will mean that the duty on caustic soda only will be deferred from the time mentioned in that request. This will make caustic soda duty free, while sub-items a and c will stillbe dutiable.

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