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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Item 280-

Drugs and chemicals; viz.: -

(d)   Saccharin and other similar substi tutes for sugar and substances capable of conversion into such substitutes for sugar, per lb., British, 30s.; intermediate, 35s.; general, 40s.

SenatorROWELL (South Australia) [4.9]. - The proposed duties on saccharin and other similar substitutes for sugar seem to be a heavy impost on invalids who are not able to take sugar. Saccharin is not a substance that is likely to come into competition with sugar. No person who is able to take the latter would dream of using saccharin as a substitute. Perhaps the Minister (Senator Millen) would give the Committee some idea of the quantity of saccharin manufactured in Australia?

SenatorE. D. MILLEN (New South. Wales - Minister for Repatriation) [4.10]. - The duties previously in operation in respect of saccharin have not been varied except that an additional 5s. per lb. has been imposed under the general Tariff. Saccharin is assumed to be chemically 550 times as sweet as sugar, and the duty of 30s. per lb. under the British preferential Tariff represents in round figures 550 times the duty per lb. on cane sugar.

Senator Payne - This is a scientific Tariff !

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