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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - The question arising for decision is a simple one. The purpose of the duty is to encourage the manufacture in Australia of the commodities comprised within the item. Cream of tartar is being made here to the extent which I have already indicated. The industry having been established, it should be encouraged, even although it does not pretend that it can supply the whole of the requirements of the Commonwealth. The further fact that the raw material is available in Australia suggests that the National Parliament will do well to further assist the production of the local article, and keep out exports from foreign countries. There is provided here a means of assisting the primary producer. I look with confidence, therefore, to the support of those honorable senators who have said so much, and striven so hard, in the interests of the man on the land.

Senator Drake-Brockman - I am with you on this occasion.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - This is one of the ways in which it is possible to give value to a by-product which to-day is valueless. Apart from that, there i3 a desire on the part of honorable senators to encourage the production in Australia of those articles which are required, and while doing that we are conferring some benefit upon the wine-growers, as this product is manufactured from the lees of wine.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - What about citric acid?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The purpose of the duty has been correctly stated by the honorable senator. It is to encourage the production of citric acid from lemons grown iu Australia, and with the imposition of this duty that result will be obtained.

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