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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - The information in my possession discloses that the firm of Crompton and Son, of Adelaide, is producing genuine cream of tartar to the value of £20,000 per annum, and that another South Australian company, known as the Commonwealth. Chemicals, Adelaide, last year produced cream of tartar substitutes worth £23,000. Those figures provide a sufficient answer to the remark of Senator Pratten concerning the closing down of " practically the only Australian factory manufacturing cream of tartar." The honorable senator alluded, I take it, to a mill in the neighbourhood of this city. Both of the Adelaide companies are looking forward to large increases in their output, as raw materials are available in abundance. Neither has asked for increased duties.

SenatorPAYNE (Tasmania) [3.27). - I can scarcely reconcile the statement of the Minister (Senator E. D. Millen) with information which has been furnished to me concerning the quantity of cream of tartar produced in Australia compared with the total amount consumed. Until recently the whole of the cream of tartar used in this country was imported .

Senator Senior - Until the war began.

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